Larry Large is a lifelong Oregonian with more than 40 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member and an administrator. He received his bachelor’s degree from Portland State College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. While finishing his graduate work at the University of Oregon, Larry worked as associate dean of students and director of financial aid. Beginning in 1972, he served as vice president and dean of students at Willamette University. During his 10 years at Willamette, he also served in other capacities, including a brief tenure as acting president in 1978.
After Willamette, Larry was appointed vice-president for public affairs at Reed College, a position he held for five years. After Reed, Larry served the University of Oregon as vice president for public affairs and development, and later was appointed vice chancellor of the Oregon University System. Several years later, he returned to Reed where he served as executive vice president before accepting an appointment as president of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1998.
Following his retirement from Oglethorpe in 2005, he accepted a two-year appointment as interim president of Sierra Nevada College. He also served as interim president at Willamette University during spring semester 2010.
He is presently the president of the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities, and as a former adjunct faculty member at the University of Oregon is recognized as an expert on higher education finance. Larry also serves on numerous not-for-profit boards.
Concurrently with his other assignments, Larry has served as strategic planning and merger consultant for several institutions of Higher Ed.