RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jerry Falwell Jr. has agreed to take an indefinite leave of absence as president and chancellor of Liberty University.
The private Virginia university issued a one-sentence statement Friday announcing the decision. It said the Executive Committee of Liberty’s board of trustees, on behalf of the full Board, met Friday and requested that Falwell take leave, “to which he has agreed, effective immediately.” Falwell has served since 2007 as president of the Lynchburg university founded by his father, the late evangelist the Rev. Jerry Falwell.
No reason was given for the leave though the announcement came after Falwell apologized for posting photos on social media that critics said were distasteful.