Larry Chavez
Larry Chavez

Faculty Advisor

Larry J. Chavez, M.P.A. began as an adjunct professor and faculty advisor for the Union Institute and University in the Sacramento Center in February 2006 where he joined the Criminal Justice Staff. He earned his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of California in 1976 and his undergraduate degree from California State University, Sacramento.

Professor Chavez retired from the Sacramento Police Department in 2002 after 31 years. His area of expertise was crisis communication having been assigned as the Senior Hostage Negotiator for the last 18 of his 31 years. As a result of this experience, he became a nationally known trainer and consultant on organizational violence.

A graduate of the FBI Hostage Negotiations School at Quantico, Virginia, Professor Chavez has authored and published several articles on the subject of workplace violence awareness and prevention. He has been called upon as a subject matter expert by such national media and news organizations as the History Channel, the Arts and Entertainment Channel, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC News, as well as the Wall Street Journal's Career Journal. Chavez has made presentations on an international level. In 1999, he was called upon by the United Nations World Health Organization to make a presentation before the Global Symposium on Violence and Health in Kobe, Japan and later that year in Canada where he made a presentation before the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as well as local and provincial law enforcement agencies.

M.P.A. University of Southern California, 1976
B.A. Criminal Justice, California State University-Sacramento, 1974
FBI Hostage Negotiation School