Daniel Whyte III, President of Gospel Light Society International Suggests to Liberty University’s Executive Committee and Board of Trustees for Dr. Tony Evans to at Least Temporarily Replace Jerry Falwell Jr. As Liberty University’s President and Chancellor While He is on an Indefinite Leave of Absence. Due to the Unfortunate Things That Falwell Has Inexplicably Done in Recent Years That Now Have Come to Light, It’s Going to Take a Christian Heavyweight to Right the Ship: Someone Who is Known for Character and Integrity and Who Has National Recognition and Considering Some Things That Have Taken Place Recently It Wouldn’t Hurt to Have Someone Who is Black. At This Point, It Would Not Be Wise for Someone Who Has Been Working Under Falwell but Rather for Someone From the Outside to Replace Him. This Suggestion to the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees is Done Without Any Consultation With Dr. Tony Evans Whatsoever. However, I Think That if the Lord Would Lead Him to Do It on a Temporary Basis It Would Have to Be Done From a Distance, and That Shouldn’t Be a Problem Because Liberty University is the Best in the World at Distance Education. By the Way, Putting Dr. Evans as the Head of the Largest Christian University in the World Which Has a Great Reputation Outside of the President and Chancellor’s Personal Reputation Would Make Up in a Small Way for the Many Qualified Black Christian Educators Who Have Been Passed Over by Christian Universities in Evangelical Circles Down Through the Years. … Developing
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jerry Falwell Jr. has agreed to take an indefinite leave of absence from his role as president and chancellor of Liberty University, the school announced Friday.
The private evangelical Christian university issued a one-sentence statement making the announcement.
The statement said the Executive Committee of Liberty’s board of trustees, acting on behalf of the full Board, met Friday and requested that Falwell take leave, “to which he has agreed, effective immediately.”
The statement did not indicate what prompted the request by the trustees, but the announcement came after Falwell apologized for posting photos on social media that critics said were distasteful, including one that showed Falwell with his pants unzipped and his arm around a young woman.
Falwell, an early and high-profile supporter of President Donald Trump, has served since 2007 as president of the university in Lynchburg founded by his father, the late evangelist the Rev. Jerry Falwell.
He did not immediately return a call seeking comment, and a university spokesman said he had no further comment.
In an interview this week with radio station WLNI, Falwell said the woman in the photo was his wife’s assistant. He said he had apologized to “everyone.”
On Thursday, Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, a pastor who has previously taught at Liberty, called Falwell’s behavior “appalling” and said he should resign.
Associated Press writer Alan Suderman contributed to this report.
Source: Associated Press