Former Gov. Bob McDonnell joins Liberty University teaching staff

Bob McDonnell 10By Lynn R. Mitchell

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was invited by Liberty University to join its teaching staff as a distinguished visiting professor in government. His term as governor ended in January,

Monday’s Liberty University News announced Governor McDonnell has been part of the university for the past semester:

“I am privileged to have the opportunity to teach the outstanding young people at Liberty University who will be future leaders for the state and nation. Liberty’s international reach, dynamic growth, and focus on excellence make it a force in higher education,” McDonnell said.

Liberty President Jerry Falwell said the university will tap McDonnell’s extensive career experience in business, law, public policy, and government.

“Gov. McDonnell will add another dimension to the educational experience of Liberty students by teaching leadership,” Falwell said. “He achieved great success as governor in making Virginia one of the nation’s most business-friendly and fiscally sound states while getting people to work together for the common good. These experiences uniquely qualify him to teach our students about every aspect of serving in public office.”

Dr. Shawn Akers, dean of the Helms School of Government, said the governor’s recent visit was a pleasant surprise to the students, who were eager to learn from a seasoned leader.

“The students’ eyes lit up when he walked into the class. They were so excited to hear directly from someone who has been on the frontlines of the important public policy battles in America,” Akers said. “The Helms School is proud to welcome Governor McDonnell, who has a proven record in public policy and conservative activism, and who shares in the biblical principles and servant leadership that are so important to Liberty University.”

I would love to be a student in Governor McDonnell’s classes. Throughout the years, I found him to be a conscientious and effective leader who also took the time to sit down and listen, and then help resolve issues. His many years of experience in public service including the Virginia House of Delegates, Attorney General, and Governor, along with his many years of military service provide a deep reservoir of experience to share with students.


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