Provost Office Staff

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

Provost & Chief Academic Officer
Professor of Counseling and Practical Theology

(434) 592-4030

Dr. Hawkins came to Liberty in 1978 as a Professor teaching Bible and Homiletics. He soon became Chairman 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 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 and hunter and enjoys walking and running

Carla Jones

Executive Assistant to the Provost & Chief Academic Officer, and Founding Dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences
(434) 592-4030

Carla earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech in 1981 and has worked in various administrative and sales positions since. Her experience includes working in personnel, customer service, selling “intangible commercial spots” in radio, and real estate. She also worked in the Planning Department of the worldwide headquarters for the Navy Exchange Service Command, and, prior to moving to Lynchburg in June of 2013, she led women’s Bible studies and was the Church Administrator for a number of years at a church in Williamsburg, VA. Outside of Liberty University Carla works alongside of her husband, Dan Jones, handling the accounting and administrative support for his home repairs and renovations company. They have two adult daughters, one son-in-law, and two grandsons who keep Carla hopping.