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Portraits of Liberty leaders revealed

September 19, 2008 : University Advancement staff

Four portraits of Liberty University’s leaders were unveiled during Friday’s convocation. Commissioned by the university and painted by artist Paul Dinwiddie, the portraits will hang in Arthur S. DeMoss Learning Center next to a portrait of the late Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr.

The four portraits revealed were:

• Dr. Robert Hughes, founding Dean of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
• Dr. A. Pierre Guillermin, President Emeritus of Liberty University (served as President for 25 years)
• Dr. Harold Willmington, founding Dean of Liberty Bible Institute (and the present Willmington School of the Bible)
• Dr. Elmer Towns, Co-founder of Liberty University and Dean of the School of Religion

Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. introduced the families of each as the portraits were revealed. He said the idea for the paintings came from his father.

“My father, after much thought and prayer, hand-picked those four individuals to have their portraits displayed in DeMoss Hall, along with his own,” he said. “I believe that these individuals are four of the pillars of Liberty University and I don’t believe Liberty University would be the school that it is without their contribution.”

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