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Garvey has a bachelor's degree from Worcester State College, a master's degree from Cambridge-Goddard Graduate School of Social Change, a division of Goddard College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. Prior to becoming president of Prescott College, Garvey was a professor at the University of New Hampshire.
- "Dan Garvey: Biographical Information". Prescott College. Retrieved 30 January 2011.