Dr. Larry M. Hall became Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Lenoir-Rhyne College on June 1, 2007. On August 1, 2008, his title changed to Provost of the University, as he oversees Academic Affairs, Student Life, and Enrollment Management.
Prior to his arrival at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Dr. Hall served as a professor and academic administrator at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. During his seventeen-year stint at Belmont, he served as a Department Chair, as the Associate Dean for the School of Social Sciences, and, finally, as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 2001-2007. Under his leadership, the College of Arts and Sciences increased its enrollment by over 65 percent, launched numerous innovative academic projects such as the New Century Convergence Journalism and Montessori Education programs, and led major outreach initiatives such as Conversations at Belmont for secondary teachers across the disciplines.
In 2001, he received Belmont University's highest faculty honor, the Chaney Distinguished Professor Award. That same year, he was honored nationally for his teaching when he received the American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha National Award for Outstanding Teaching in Political Science.
Since his arrival at LR, Dr. Hall has led many new initiatives in support of the continual improvement of the University: LR has revised significantly its core curriculum and convocation programs; the campus has continued to enhance "engaged learning" opportunities for students such as study abroad, service learning, undergraduate research and a campus-wide “Engaged Scholars” program; support for faculty professional development has increased substantially; the University has entirely revamped its assessment and evaluation systems and enhanced expectations regarding faculty status (so that terminally qualified faculty have increased by nearly 20% since 2007); the campus has established several new academic student and faculty support systems such as the new Lohr Learning Commons in the Rudisill Library, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Instructional Technology; and LR has added approximately 25 new undergraduate or graduate programs across its now three campuses (including new graduate centers in Asheville and Columbia), including its first fully online programs. Hall also chaired the compliance team that produced the institution’s very successful SACS-COC reaffirmation in 2012, and he presently is leading the University’s compliance efforts as it prepares for its next review in 2018.
Hall received his B.A. degree in Political Science and in History from Carson-Newman College and, after graduate training in Economics at George Mason University, attained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science (Political Theory, Political Economy, and American Government) from The University of Tennessee. He is married to Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, a professor of liberal studies and writer/scholar, whose scholarly interests include American intellectual history, Native American issues, and science fiction and fantasy studies. They reside in Granite Falls, North Carolina.