LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) — Liberty University has hired former U.S. Rep. Dr. Dave Brat to be the dean of its School of Business, the school announced Wednesday.
Brat took over the position at the nation's most high-profile evangelical university effective Jan. 2, according to a release from the school. He has worked in the private sector for the accounting firm Arthur Andersen and for the World Bank assisting developing world economies. Prior to this time, he held a teaching position and was Chairman of the economics and business department at Randolph-Macon College.
Brat scored one of the biggest upsets in U.S. political history when he defeated then U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a 2014 Republican primary and went on to serve Virginia’s 7th District. until losing a re-election bid to Democrat Abigail Spanberger in November.
Brat was a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. He has staunchly backed President Donald Trump, much like Liberty President Jerry Falwell Jr.
Brat joins former Virginia Republican Rep. Robert Hurt, who the Lynchburg-based university hired in 2017 to lead the school's Center for Law & Government.
He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Hope College, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Economics from American University. Dr. Brat and his wife, Laura, have two children, Jonathan and Sophia.
“We are excited to have Dave Brat joining our team at Liberty and especially in our School of Business,” Liberty Interim Provost Dr. Scott Hicks said in the release. “Dave’s experience in the private business sector, in higher education, and most recently as a U.S. Congressman, offer a unique blend of applied experience that brings additional value and depth to our business faculty.”