Professor Lawrence PresleyLarry Presley

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Spring 2018 Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9-11 a.m. (at Argos Tea)

Or By Appointment 
(434) 592-3702


Areas of Specialization

  • Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Investigations, Forensic Science, Terrorism
  • Professional and Academic Career
  • M.A., Criminal Justice, University of Detroit, 1976
  • M.S., Chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, 1972
  • B.S., Biology, Wheeling Jesuit University, 1970
  • 2014-15-Managerial Criminalist, NYPD, Forensic Investigative Division, Queens, NY1972-76-Michigan State Police, Warren/Madison Heights, Mich.
  • 2011-13-Chief, Expeditionary Forensic Laboratory, Forensic Exploitation Directorate, Defense Forensic Science Center, US Army Criminal Investigative Command (Ft. Gillem, Ga. and Bagram, Afghanistan)
  • 2004-10-Director, Assistant Professor-Graduate Program in Forensic Science, Arcadia University
  • 2001-10-NMS Labs, Director/trace analyst-Criminalistics Department, Willow Grove, Pa.
  • 1980-2001-Federal Bureau of Investigation, Supervisory Special Agent
  • Detroit, MI, Washington, D.C., and FBI Academy, Quantico, Va.
  • 1976-79-Oakland County Sheriff’s Department, Pontiac, Mich.


After earning master's degrees in both chemistry and criminal justice, Professor Presley enjoyed a 21-year career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He served in the Detroit Field Office and Laboratory Division. He worked in the Trace Evidence Unit and was one of the first agents assigned to the DNA Analysis Unit. He later became Chief of the DNA Analysis Unit. Professor Presley received an FBI commendation for his contribution to the successful investigation and prosecution of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He then became the first chief of the Laboratory Division Quality Assurance Unit and was part of the FBI Laboratory’s first accreditation team. His final posting for the FBI was as the Supervisory Special Agent in the Laboratory Division Training Unit at Quantico, Virginia. After leaving the FBI, Professor Presley became the director of the Criminalistics Department at NMS Labs, and he also spent six years as director and assistant professor of the Graduate Forensic Science Program at Arcadia University. He then moved on to serve as an Expeditionary Forensic Laboratory Lead Scientist/Chief for three years for the United States Army’s Forensic Exploitation Directorate, receiving awards from both the U.S Secretary of Defense and NATO for his service in Afghanistan. He then served as a Managerial Criminalist with the NYPD Police Laboratory in New York.

Professor Presley has served as the President of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists, Chair of the Criminalistics Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, board member of the American Board of Criminalistics, editorial board member for Forensic Research and Criminology International Journal, and Accreditation Council member of the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation. He is a published author on numerous forensic topics and has spoken extensively to professional organizations.

Professor Presley is married and has four sons. His wife, Kathy, father-in-law, and brother-in-law have all worked for the FBI. Larry loves skiing and traveling when he has time.

Favorite Scripture

"Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."
- Philippians 4:8-9