Rita W. Beale

Associate Dean for Internal Affairs

J.D., Wake Forest School of Law
B.A., University of Virginia




Rita W. Beale is the Associate Dean for Internal Affairs. She previously served the Commonwealth of Virginia as Deputy Attorney General over the Health, Education and Social Services Division of the Office of Attorney General from 2012-2014.

Dean Beale’s vast and distinguished experience also includes serving as System Counsel to the Virginia Community College System; the General Counsel to Old Dominion University; and an Assistant Attorney General for Norfolk State University and other state educational institutions. In addition to her work with the Education Section, during her tenure with the Office of the Attorney General, she worked for the Local Government Section, the Education Section and the Health and Mental Health Section. In the mid-1990s she served as Associate Staff Counsel, Education Coordinator and finally as Legal Coordinator with The Rutherford Institute. Before becoming an attorney, she was an AT&T Account Executive and held operational positions with the First National Bank of Atlanta (now Wells Fargo).

Dean Beale has reaped many honors and awards, including a Resolution of Appreciation from Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, II and the Dana B. Hamel Award for Excellence in Service from the State Board for Community Colleges. In her publications, she has addressed issues such as Internet privacy and private speech, and religion in the public workplace. She also appeared as second chair before the U.S. Supreme Court in AETN v. Forbes, a free speech case.

Dean Beale earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.

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