Larry D. Grant is Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at The Institute for Shipboard Education, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit study-abroad organization that runs the “Semester at Sea” Program. Previously he was CFO and VP of Operations, beginning in 2013 during the Program’s critical reorganization phase, wherein he handled finances, together with cruise ship
transactions and operations.
An accounting graduate of Iowa State University (1974) and a CPA (1976), he is a seasoned CFO/COO and Strategic executive with global experience, focusing on raising funds, turnarounds and business development activities. Larry is experienced in public, private and non-profit organizations in many Industries including, international maritime, study-abroad, medical devices, pharmaceutical, biological controls, government value-added reseller, pharmacy benefits management and software.
Larry and his wife Mary Alice relocated to Fort Collins from Northern Virginia in 2016 when Semester at Sea changed its academic partnership from the University of Virginia to Colorado State University. In addition to the Fort Collins’ livability and breathtaking scenery, he loves the passion the community has for music of all kinds. Larry benefitted from an active music education in the Iowa public school system, and went on to organize and play in two bands and a music production orchestra through college.
As a parent of two children who were active music instrumentalists, he was an avid supporter of music in the schools in Northern Virginia. Larry’s son is a professional clarinetist now in the Washington, DC area. Off the Hook Arts’ mission resonates with Larry’s firm belief that music not only positively influences how a student learns, but furthers his or her emotional development and intellectual view of the world. He believes that music education should be available to all students.