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Liberty faculty selected to serve on Virginia boards

September 20, 2022

CASAS Dean Brian Yates

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has appointed multiple Liberty University professors, administrators, and alumni to boards of his administration in recent months. 

Dean of the College of Applied Studies & Academic Success (CASAS) Brian Yates was appointed to the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority.

Elke Cox (left) and Dr. Gary Sibcy

Two Liberty University School of Behavioral Sciences professors, Dr. Gary Sibcy and Elke Cox, are serving on the Board of Psychology and Board of Social Work, respectively, to develop and enforce policies and regulations regarding Virginia licensures. Sibcy teaches psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (LCP) who has educated, trained, and supervised counselors for over 15 years. Cox has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for 20 years and is the advisor for Liberty’s Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. 

School of Business Dean David Brat

Dr. Dave Brat, dean of the Liberty University School of Business, was named to the Joint Advisory Board of Economists, a 15-member panel that will advise Youngkin on the state’s revenue estimates leading to his December budget revision. The former U.S. Congressman represented Virginia’s 7th district from 2014-18 and served on the same board for past Virginia Govs. Tim Kaine and Bob McDonnell. 

The Helms School of Government has had multiple faculty members appointed, including Criminal Justice Chair and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Amanda Trent (State Board of Local and Regional Jails), and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Lawrence Presley (Virginia Geographic Information Network Advisory Board).

Several Liberty alumni are serving in the governor’s administration: Janet Kelly (’09), Senior Advisor in the Office of the Governor; D.J. Jordan (’02), Chief of Staff for Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares; Jenna Moon (’20), Secretary of Commonwealth; Parker Slaybaugh (’11), Deputy Secretary for Matthew Lohr, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry; Ashley Traficant (’16), Assistant Secretary for Sheriff Robert “Bob” Mosier, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security; Jess West (’22), Health and Human Resources; Gloria Senecal (’21), Secretary of Commonwealth; and Abigail Klose (’21), Legal Research and Billing Specialist for Miyares.  

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