New law dean hopes to propel further success for School of Law

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When B. Keith Faulkner considered becoming the new dean at Liberty University School of Law, he was impressed with Liberty’s growth — both in size and academic prominence — as well as its mission.

“The vision of excellence that President Jerry Falwell presented to me was inspiring,” Faulkner said.

After an extensive selection process, Liberty’s leadership decided that Faulkner’s reputation and commitment to Christian mission was a good fit. He took the helm on Oct. 1, 2015.


Before coming to Liberty, Faulkner spent more than 10 years at Campbell University, where he served in senior leadership at Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law and, most recently, as dean of Campbell’s Lundy-Fetterman School of Business.

Faulkner holds his J.D. and M.B.A. from Campbell and his B.S. in Business Administration from Charleston Southern University. Prior to his career in higher education, Faulkner was a litigation associate for a law firm in Wilmington, N.C., and a partner in a private practice. He also served for eight years in the U.S. Navy as a submariner, nuclear power plant operator, and instructor in the Nuclear Power Training Pipeline.

“I have had the great privilege of working for some very fine leaders while serving in the military, in my law firms, and in Christian higher education,” Faulkner said. “I have tried to take the best qualities from each of these leaders in developing my leadership style.”

Keith Faulkner

B. Keith Faulkner, Dean of the Liberty University School of Law

Looking ahead

Shortly after assuming the role of dean, Faulkner received exciting news: Liberty Law graduates notched the highest bar passage rate among first-time test takers in Virginia. This proved to him the dedication and talent of the Liberty Law faculty, staff, and students he would be working with.

As the school moves forward, Faulkner’s goal is to continue to improve its academic stature by increasing career opportunities for graduates, raising bar scores and passage rates, and developing strong relationships with the local, state, and national bar.

“Our faculty set very high expectations for our students, and the students responded,” Faulkner said. “Widely recognized experts in their fields, our faculty come here because they believe in our mission. Our students are hungry to impact their communities, our nation, and the world. I have challenged the faculty, staff, and students to turn this year’s success into a trend.”