Jerry Falwell Jr. taking ‘indefinite leave of absence’ from role as Liberty University President

Falwell Jr. taking leave of absence effective immediately

Jerry Falwell Jr. takes leave of absence from role at Liberty University
Jerry Falwell Jr. takes leave of absence from role at Liberty University

Liberty University’s Board of Trustees requested that Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. take an “indefinite leave of absence” from his roles at the university, which include serving as president and chancellor.

The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, acting on behalf of the full board, met Friday and made the request.

According to the university, Falwell Jr. has agreed and is taking his leave of absence effective immediately.

Jerry Prevo, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, released a statement on Friday night, saying, in part, that Liberty’s “unprecedented success” during the last 13 years under Falwell Jr.‘s leadership has brought “substantial pressure.”

Read Prevo’s full statement here:

“In the 13 years that Jerry Falwell, Jr. has served as president of Liberty University, Liberty has experienced unprecedented success, not only academically and financially, with a world-class campus, but also spiritually. As we enter our 50th Anniversary year, we have been blessed to grow to a record 120,000 students, both residential and online, and continue to fulfill our founder’s mission to Train Champions for Christ across the world.

Unfortunately, with this success and the burdens of leading a large and growing organization comes substantial pressure. Today, my colleagues and I on the Liberty University Board of Trustees and Jerry mutually agreed that it would be good for him to take an indefinite leave of absence. This was a decision that was not made lightly, and which factored the interests and concerns of everyone in the LU community, including students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, leaders of the Church, as well as the Falwell family.

To support Jerry through this period, we ask that our entire community lift him up in prayer so he may be able to fulfill God’s purpose for him and for Liberty University.”

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