Academics

New deans lead Helms School of Government

October 31, 2019

Former U.S. Congressman Robert Hurt (Virginia’s 5th District, pictured at left) is the new dean of the Liberty University Helms School of Government, and Ron Miller (right) is serving as the new online dean.

Hurt, a lawyer and former citizen-legislator from Southside Virginia, served in local government and in the Virginia Senate before serving in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2011–2017. During his 16 years in public office, he demonstrated an abiding commitment to the Constitution and was always a strong voice for common-sense policy designed to make it easier for small businesses, farmers, and Virginia families to be successful.

At Liberty, Hurt previously served as the executive director of the Center for Law & Government, where he developed programs that give students exceptional opportunities to engage with influential leaders from Washington, D.C., and across the country.

“Over the past two years, I have loved working with our students and with my colleagues, but, above all, I have loved being a small part of an institution with a great mission,” Hurt said. “I am thankful for this opportunity and am looking forward to continuing to help prepare our students for service during this critical time in the history of our nation.”

Miller previously served as interim dean and associate dean of the Helms School of Government. Prior to joining Liberty, he was a commentator, author, and consultant. During the Bush Administration, Miller served at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. He has also served as a senior technology and strategy executive in the private sector and with the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“After a distinguished career in public service, the military, and the private sector, Dean Miller brings a wealth of experience to his new position, and I have every confidence that he will lead the school’s online programs to new levels of excellence,” said Online Provost Shawn Akers.

Since 1971, Liberty has been devoted to promoting the founding principles upon which our nation was built — self-government, free markets, and the Rule of Law. The Helms School of Government has been a vital component in preparing Liberty graduates for successful careers in government, public policy, law, criminal justice, international relations, intelligence, and homeland security.

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