DIRT Talk with Dr. Hine & Dean Mullen

Who will be there?

Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Mark Hine

The Senior Vice President for Student Affairs oversees the Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Residence Life, Center for Multicultural Enrichment, Student Health and Wellness Services, Office of Student Affairs Assessment, Student Government Association and Army and Air Force ROTC. He ensures that these offices provide guidance, programming, counseling, orientation and support to students. Through extensive planned activities, students participate in spiritual, social, recreational and cultural activities that enhance their personal development.

Dean of Students

Robert Mullen, J.D.

Robert came to Liberty from Shenandoah Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia where he served as Senior Pastor. Prior to that, he practiced law in Roanoke for nine years. Robert’s passion and calling is to influence and impact students who are facing pivotal decisions in life. As Dean of Students he employs the gifts developed in years of pastoring and practicing law to oversee the offices of Community Life, Student Counseling Services, and Commuter Services. Robert thoroughly enjoys personally connecting with and investing time in students. Robert was married to Anne in 1988 and they have two children – a married daughter, Amelia (Liberty BSN 2014), and Andrew (Liberty 2018). In his spare time Robert enjoys spending time with family, reading, and golf. Robert holds a B.S. in Finance and Political Science from Liberty University (1985), a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law (1989), and a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (1998).

Executive Director for the Center for Multicultural Enrichment

Melany Pearl

Melany A. Pearl, originally from Kansas City, Missouri, began her service at Liberty University in 1996 as office coordinator for the Center for Multicultural Enrichment (Center4ME). In 1998, she was promoted to her current position, director. Pearl is an alumnus of Liberty where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business and Master of Arts in Human Relations. She has served the campus community outside of her responsibilities in the Center4ME in several volunteer capacities including; administrative advisor of national honor society Alpha Lambda Delta, sub-committee chair on the NCAA self-study, SACSCOC committee member, mentor with the Campus Pastors' Office, and most recently a Wellness Champion with the Live Healthy Liberty initiative. Her past civic volunteerism includes: Martin Luther King/Lynchburg Community Council board of directors and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia board of directors and Lynchburg’s Community Dialogue on Race & Racism steering committee. Pearl’s professional memberships include; National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and Association for Christians in Student Development.

Associate Director for the Center for Multicultural Enrichment

Jose Hernandez

Jose is an all around good guy and he gets to re-write his bio because he created this presentation... He is originally from a small town in Southern Texas. He has spent his life serving others in a variety of capacities. Jose graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelors of Religion and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and has a passion for minority and first-generation college students. He aspires to attain a secondary Masters in Psychology culminating with a Ph.D. in Education Psychology. Jose continues to serve the local Spanish community as a leader in Thomas Road Baptist Church Spanish Campus: Nuevo Amanecer. He will serve as the moderator for this event.


You will be 1 of 10 students who will discuss a series of questions and concerns amongst each other. Dr. Hine, Dean Mullen, and Director Pearl will simply be observing. Mr. J. Hernandez will be moderating this conversation and presenting questions to facilitate dialogue.


Dr. Hine and Dean Mullens will offer their input on the concerns they have heard. The plan is that together we can formulate appropriate dialogue to deal with the fears and concerns of minority students at Liberty University.


Upon completing the survey, we will select the 10 students that will best present and articulate the concerns collected. We ask that you avoid using incendiary language and properly and respectfully articulate your concerns. Please remember that these men are on our side and they are opening their hearts and minds to your concerns. Be gentle, be respectful, be wise... #BEHEARD.

This will be held at the Center4ME, Montview 2500; Tuesday @9:45am-11am

If you are selected and have class during this time we will provide a class excuse.

If you have any questions, please email me at jghernandez@liberty.edu or come by the office to talk to me directly.


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