Former Republican congressman Dave Brat

Former Republican congressman Dave Brat

The Virginia businessman who shocked Washington by defeating the sitting House majority leader is taking over the school of business at Liberty University.

Dave Brat, who defeated Eric Cantor in 2014, was announced Wednesday as the evangelical institution’s new business dean.

Brat, who lost to Democratic challenger Abigail Spanberger in November, previously was chairman of the economics and business department at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. He worked for the accounting firm Arthur Andersen and for the World Bank assisting developing world economies.

Liberty interim provost Scott Hicks said Brat’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.”

The former congressman has 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.

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr., a strong supporter of President Trump, said the university “continues to hire brilliant people who bring with them a wealth of knowledge and life experience.”

Liberty, founded in 1971 by the late Jerry Falwell Sr., touts itself as “the world’s premier Christian university” and the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation.

Brat’s surprise victory over Cantor was the first time a sitting House majority leader had lost a primary election since the position was established in 1899.

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