Barry Falk joined the Honors College as Dean in 2014. Dr. Falk received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota and his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He has an extensive research publication and presentation record in economics. In addition to being dean of the Honors College, Dr. Falk is a professor of economics in VCU's School of Business.

Prior to his arrival at VCU, Dr. Falk was the Honors Program Director at James Madison University. He has been active in the leadership of the National Collegiate Honors Council, and was named a NCHC Fellow in 2016. He has led NCHC's effort to become a recognized leader in honors education through increased advocacy in Washington, D.C., and the development of networks and partnerships in China.