Provost & Chief Academic Officer

This individual serves as the primary voice on academic matters within the administration and is the second ranking academic official of the University, after the President. In collaboration with the deans, the Faculty Senate, and the General Faculty, the Provost & Chief Academic Officer develops and implements the academic vision and values of the University.

These core values are engaged through the various academic programs offered in multiple delivery formats, as well as through the teaching, research, and service activities of the academic centers. The Provost & Chief Academic Officer provides leadership in continuously improving undergraduate and graduate instruction and academic support services.

Dr. Ronald E. Hawkins

This individual bears responsibility for:

  • Budgeting and evaluation for all academic divisions
  • Working with the deans to identify and prioritize resource allocations among academic units
  • Assessing the performance of academic leaders to provide regular feedback to encourage improvement
  • Overseeing a structured process through which faculty can develop professionally within their disciplines, improve as effective academic communicators, and utilize the wide array of technological tools and resources available to enrich the art of teaching
  • Communicating on behalf of the University, serving as the liaison to those external agencies with which the University maintains institutional accreditation
  • Communicating regularly with the President and the various University constituencies on matters of importance 
  • Serving as the liaison of the administration to the Faculty Senate

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


Erin Lobaina

(434) 582-7601

Green Hall 2656
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515

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