Liberty announces new law school dean
Liberty University has announced the selection of B. Keith Faulkner as the new dean of Liberty University School of Law. Faulkner will assume the position on Oct. 1, after more than 10 years at Campbell University, where he served in senior leadership at Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.
“Keith Faulkner is an experienced legal education administrator, who I believe is uniquely qualified to lead Liberty University School of Law, and we are honored to welcome him to Liberty,” said Liberty President Jerry Falwell. “Both the search committee and faculty were impressed by Mr. Faulkner’s practical skills and his commitment to the Christian mission of this law school.”
At Campbell, Faulkner most recently served as dean of the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business. In the law school, he served as interim dean, associate dean for external relations, executive associate dean for academic and administrative affairs, and vice dean.
Faulkner holds his J.D. and M.B.A. from Campbell and his B.S. in business administration from Charleston Southern University. Prior to joining Campbell, Faulkner was a litigation associate for a law firm in Wilmington, North Carolina, and a partner in a private practice. He served for eight years in the U.S. Navy as a submariner, nuclear power plant operator, and instructor in the Nuclear Power Training Pipeline.
Faulkner said the opportunity immediately caught his attention because of the principles upon which the university stands and the impact its graduates are making across the country.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected as the next dean of Liberty University School of Law,” he said. “I was drawn to the school by the mission and purpose and by an outstanding team committed to producing future leaders in law. It is an exciting time at Liberty, and I am thrilled to be joining this dynamic community.”
Dr. Ronald Hawkins, Liberty’s provost, said Faulkner was chosen after an extensive selection process.
“The search committee, with the help of CarterBaldwin Executive Search, assembled a large pool of highly qualified candidates for a national search. Keith Faulkner proved to be a perfect fit, with a reputation as a strong leader in the areas of legal education and university administration,” Hawkins said. “He has demonstrated a firm commitment to remaining at the leading edge of issues facing legal education and the profession, and we are excited to have him join the Liberty family.”
Falwell and Hawkins served on the search committee, along with law school faculty members Edna Udobong, Joel Hesch, Pam Bell, and Yuri Mantilla, as well as Lynchburg Circuit Court Judge F. Patrick Yeatts and retired Virginia Circuit Court Judge Sam Johnston.