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Hit musicians, industry leaders share excitement for Liberty University’s new Michael W. Smith Center for Commercial Music

The news of Liberty University’s new Michael W. Smith Center for Commercial Music has caught the attention of major influencers in the music industry, from leading songwriters and performers to business executives.

Liberty recently announced that the center will launch in the fall at its School of Music, with Smith as the director. Along with the new center will come a major recording label that will attract new and already successful artists from across the country. Visiting artists will also share their years of experience as they join Liberty in training the next generation of music professionals. The university also announced that Kevin Jonas, father and original manager of the Jonas Brothers who launched his sons’ music careers in 2005, will play an important role as he works with students to publish records and introduce their talent to the world.

Former Christian recording artist and music industry executive Al Denson, who serves as Liberty’s commercial music industry liaison, said he has been flooded with texts from those in the music industry who not only sent him their congratulations on the endeavor, “but they’re also asking how they can get involved themselves. This will open up so many opportunities for students, and they’re excited to be able to give back to budding artists who are at the same place where they once were.”

“I am so pumped for all that is going on at Liberty University with worship music studies and music programs in general. The Center for Commercial Music is going to be fantastic. To have friends Michael W. Smith and Kevin Jonas on board is truly exciting!”
—    Mark Harris, Dove Award-winning songwriter/artist, executive director of Gateway Worship

“It’s great to hear about the new music initiative at Liberty. The trio of Jonas, Smith, and Denson is going to shake it up. Music can connect the most wonderful message known to man direct to the heart, and it gladdens my heart to know that more tools are being made available. Bravo to Liberty for committing to taking music and mission to the next level.”
—    David Smallbone, producer, for KING & COUNTRY

“When you combine two iconic music giants and a school that has been in the business of training up worship leaders for years, you have the makings of something pretty incredible. Liberty has demonstrated tremendous vision and commitment to lead and speak into the lives of future worship leaders and artists. It will be great to see the impact that this has on our Christian music culture and the mainstream marketplace.”
—    Don Koch, producer and songwriter, with 39 No. 1 songs

“I am so excited to hear about the new Center for Commercial Music at Liberty University’s School of Music. I believe it will open the world of music up to any student who wants to pursue a career in both the mainstream and faith-based industries, whether that be as an artist, producer, songwriter or administrator. It thrills my heart to know that the next generation of leadership in the music industry will be coming out of Liberty University.”
—    Jody McBrayer, singer/songwriter and member of Avalon

Source: PRWEB

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Liberty University Announces Applications Open for LLM in International Legal Studies

Most graduated law students start immediate internships and in some cases full-time jobs as soon as they finish college. This limits their options when it comes to continuing their education.

Liberty University has created the LLM in International Legal Studies to be a fully online program. They’ve thought about the availability and time restrictions of busy legal professionals and created a program which allows them more leeway when it comes to scheduling and attending classes.

This online LLM degree is perfect for professionals whose career trajectory is taking them towards a regular legal work that includes interactions between foreign and domestic law. International law experts are highly sought after by businesses around the world due to the increased level of globalization of both business and trade. Being that this trend is only expected to grow we can expect that this demand will remain relevant for decades to come.

This LLM can be completed within a one-year period.

In order for students to be eligible to take this course, they need to hold a Juris Doctor degree from one of the accredited US Universities or an LLB degree (or its equivalent) from a foreign University. This University is accredited Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Liberty University has not changed the prices for the tuitions for almost half a decade now and while the price of education is going up as a general rule they are keeping their courses affordable.


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Liberty University names new provost for online programs

LYNCHBURG, Va. (PRWEB) February 15, 2019

Akers has served as vice provost since June and was dean of Liberty’s Helms School of Government from 2010 to 2018. Akers started his time at Liberty over a decade ago at the School of Law, where he continues to serve as an adjunct professor. Prior to joining Liberty, Akers spent several years working as an attorney and practiced law in Louisiana at the state and federal levels, including the Louisiana Supreme Court.

“We are proud to welcome Shawn Akers to this new role,” said Liberty President Jerry Falwell. “Liberty University remains a world leader in online education, and as our programs continue to grow and meet the need of an adult population, we will rely on the professional experience and outstanding leadership of Akers and his staff.”

Akers holds a juris doctor from Regent University School of Law and a master’s degree in public policy from Regent University.

“There is simply no more exciting place to work or study than Liberty University,” Akers said. “Under President Falwell’s leadership, Liberty has become a household name and the gold standard in online education. I am extremely honored to serve in this new role and look forward to all that the future holds for the university and our students around the world.”

Reporting directly to President Falwell as part of his executive leadership team, Akers will be responsible for reviewing and recommending organizational structures as well as appointing personnel to manage and execute the functions of the university’s online academic programs. He will assess the purposes, effectiveness, and quality of current and proposed online programs and oversee the appointment and evaluation of faculty members and academic leadership.

Liberty announced the appointment of Scott Hicks as university provost in January. Hicks will manage provost duties for Liberty’s residential programs, working closely with Akers to develop and implement the vision and values of the university across all academic disciplines.

Liberty offers over 400 programs of study online and is ranked in the top 1 percent of online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility (

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