LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — A local former congressman has been named dean of Liberty University’s Helms School of Government.
Robert Hurt, a Republican who represented Virginia’s 5th Congressional District from 2011-2017, will take the role after previously serving as executive director of Liberty University’s Center for Law & Government. In that position, he developed numerous programs that provided students with 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.”
Hurt is not the only former Virginia Republican Congressman to lead a department at Liberty. Former 7th District Congressman David Brat was named dean of the Liberty University School of Business in January. He served in Congress from 2014 until the beginning of this year. Brat lost his re-election to Democrat Abigail Spanberger. Prior to serving in Congress, he was a professor and served as chair of the economics department at Randolph–Macon College in Ashland, Va.
Liberty University also announced this week that Ron Miller would become online dean for Helms School of Government. Miller was previously interim dean at Helms, after serving as associate dean. Before joining Liberty, he had been an author, commentator, and an official in the Bush Administration.