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Ronald E. Hawkins, D.Min., Ed.D.

Vice President for Academic Affairs & Interim Provost
Professor of Counseling and Practical Theology
rehawkin@liberty.edu
     (434) 592-4030

Dr. Hawkins came to Liberty in 1978 as a Professor teaching Bible and Homiletics. He soon became Chairmen of the Department of Church Ministries. He started the Masters of Counseling program which has become one of Liberty’s largest online and residential programs.

He served as Dean of the Seminary and then Dr. Hawkins went west to become President of Western Seminary and later was Associate Pastor at Grand Rapids Church in Michigan with Ed Dobson.  He returned to Liberty in 2000 to be Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and in 2006 joined the Provost’s Office and worked especially on the development of Liberty’s online program with Dr. Ronald Godwin and the development of many programs in the residential university.

Dr. Hawkins has written extensively in the area of marriage and Biblical counseling, he has been married to his wife Peg for 52 years and they have 4 children. He has 9 grandchildren two of whom are presently enrolled at Liberty University. He is presently serving as Interim Provost and Founding Dean of School of Behavioral Sciences.

Dr. Hawkins received a B.A. from Barrington College, a M.Div. from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, a D.Min. from Westminister Theological Seminary, an Education Specialists degree from Lynchburg College and an Ed.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is an avid fisherman, hunter and enjoys walking and running


Jennifer Griffin

Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs & Interim Provost
jogriffin@liberty.edu     (434) 592-4030

Majoring in Psychology with a minor in Health Promotions, Jennifer earned her B.S. from Liberty University in 2005. Currently, she is working towards a Counseling degree in the Liberty University Online program. After graduating from her undergraduate work from Liberty, Jennifer worked at a treatment center as a counselor for children with behavioral and emotional disorders. This challenging but very rewarding work led her to pursue further education as she looks forward to learning more about how to help lead people to a healthy life in Christ. Before becoming Dr. Hawkins’ assistant, Jennifer worked in Academic Support and with the LUO Office of Disability.


D. Kate Calland

Director of Academic Operations 
ddcalland@liberty.edu     (434) 592-3365

Kate Calland began her career at Liberty University as the Intensive Coordinator for the Distance Learning Program in 2001.  In 2006 she joined the Office of Institutional Effectiveness as the Director of Academic Operations, where she is responsible for calculating and tracking faculty workload.  Prior to joining Liberty University, Kate served four years in the Air Force.


Tabitha Hibbard

Faculty Load Coordinator
tjhood@liberty.edu     (434) 592-4985

Tabitha received her B.S. in 2006 from Liberty University with a multidisciplinary degree in Business and Religion.  Currently, she is working towards her Masters in Divinity through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.  Previously, Tabitha attended and worked at Word of Life Bible Institute and finished her undergraduate degree while interning there.  She and her husband Robb moved to Lynchburg in 2009; Tabitha was looking to further her education and Robb’s desire to be a pastor led them to Liberty.  Tabitha and Robb are actively involved in their church and love ministering to college students in the Lynchburg area.