Larry Preston, Ph.D. began an appointment as dean of the Graduate College of Union Institute & University in June 2005. Preston previously served as an assistant graduate dean in UI&U's School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, then became dean of the Long Island Center with SUNY-Empire State College.
Prior to his earlier appointment with Union's doctoral program, Preston was professor of political science at Northern Arizona University for more than 20 years, including terms as department chair, graduate director, and coordinator of the Master of Public Administration program.
Preston earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia with areas of concentration in political philosophy, public administration and policy, and American politics. He completed postdoctoral study at the University of Pittsburgh, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and University of California-Riverside. He has also held visiting research appointments with the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley; the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; and the University of Colorado, Boulder.
He has published in major national journals, including the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Polity, and American Journal of Political Science. More recently, Preston completed the M.F.A. in Writing (poetry) program in 2001 at Vermont College and has published his poems in the New Orleans Review and Sandhills Review.