Dr. Larry Barton

Dr. Larry Barton


Dr. Larry Barton is one of the world’s leading experts in crisis management and threat assessment. He serves as the Distinguished University Professor of Crisis Management and Public Safety at the University of Central Florida (UCF). Prior to this post, he served as the O. Alfred Granum Chair in Management at The American College from 2003-2016 and as President and CEO of that institution from 2003-2013. Dr. Barton is the highest rated instructor at The FBI Academy and U.S. Marshals Service where he teaches three courses in threat evaluation to federal and state law enforcement.

Dr. Barton designs strategies and solutions addressing workplace violence prevention and mitigation; this includes presentations, 24/7 evaluative services and ongoing training. He is a frequent commentator on television networks during and after incidents of public violence. Dr. Barton served as on-air commentator for CNN and BBC during the Sandy Hook tragedy, for CNN and CNBC during the Navy Yard shootings and for Al Jazeera during the 2014 massacre at Fort Hood.

The author of four best-selling books on crisis response, his latest work, Crisis Leadership Now (McGraw-Hill) was voted one of the Best Business Books of the Year by Soundview Executive Books. That work is now used in over 340 training programs globally and is available at amazon.com.

Dr. Barton was Vice President of Issues Management for Motorola from 1995-1999, managing risk and crisis management for a multinational with 152,000 employees and contractors; he led the investigation into several murders at that company during this period. As a result of his efforts, he was asked to help write the definitive study for the U.S. Congress on management changes needed at the U.S. Postal Service.

Since 1990, Dr. Barton has helped clients respond to over 3,400 critical incidents in the workplace, including cases of homicide, suicide, stalking, executive harassment, physical assaults, emotional breakdowns and threats via social networking. His client list includes 120 members of the Fortune 500. He stages high impact simulations and scenarios for corporate teams on issues including the insider threat, radicalization, data breaches, and active shooter scenarios.

He holds an AB, magna cum laude in speech and communications from Boston College, the MALD in international law from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in international relations and public policy from Boston University. He was named the first Fulbright Scholar to Japan in Crisis Management and was instrumental in working with the Japanese National Police in their investigation of the Aum cult, a group that killed 12 and seriously injured hundreds of others on the Tokyo subway system.

Dr. Barton has been voted “One of the 100 Most Powerful People in Insurance” for seven consecutive years by Insurance Newscast. He may be reached at larry@larrybarton.com or by calling 01.602.740.4888