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David Brat

Dean, School of Business

Discipline: Economics, Divinity & History of Thought


  • Ph.D. in Economics, The American University
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
  • B.A. in Business Administration, Hope College


Before coming to Liberty, Dr. Brat served in the United States Congress for Virginia’s 7th District. He served on the Budget, Education and Small Business Committees, and Chaired the subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax and Capital Access.

His knowledge base comes from years of experience in business, as an economic consultant with Arthur Andersen and the World Bank and 20+ years of work in higher education teaching economics and ethics. He worked with the Senate side of the Virginia General Assembly for seven years. He also served as the president of the Virginia Association of Economists and was a member of the Virginia Board of Accountancy.

He is passionate about connecting and celebrating the long history between the life of the mind and the Christian tradition. His vision is to advance Liberty’s unique position in higher education as an institution which studies, teaches, knows and lives out the good life and actively puts faith to work in the real world of business and beyond as we train Champions for Christ.

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