Dr. Larry D. Shinn brings the experience of his 42-year career in higher education to work collaboratively with presidents and boards of trustees on presidential coaching and assessment, board assessment and development, and strategic thinking as an effective means of institutional transformation. His most recent book is Strategic Thinking and Planning in Higher Education (AGB Press, 2017).
Currently a trustee of the University of Mount Union, Shinn most recently served as president of Berea College. There he co-chaired a strategic planning council that produced “Being and Becoming: Berea College in the 21st Century.” This strategic plan resulted in initiatives that produced far-reaching results, including a 12-percent increase of African Americans in the student body, increases in retention and graduation rates, expansion of students studying abroad, and “deep green” building renovations.
Before joining Berea, Shinn began his career as a professor at Oberlin College and served as a dean and academic vice president at Bucknell University.
Shinn earned a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, a M.Div. from Drew Theological School, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.