Jerry Falwell Jr. has agreed to take an indefinite leave of absence from Liberty University, the evangelical school he has led since 2007 as president and chancellor.
The executive committee of Liberty‚Äôs board of trustees, of which Falwell is a member, met today and made the decision, according to a statement posted on the university site. The leave is effective immediately.
The announcement did not indicate the reason for Falwell‚Äôs leave. In a follow-up statement, board chair Jerry Prevo cited the ‚Äúsubstantial pressure‚ÄĚ on Falwell‚Äôs leadership as well as the ‚Äúconcerns of everyone in the LU community.‚ÄĚ
This week, a wave of Liberty alumni and supporters spoke out against Falwell after a recent photo circulated of him posing with a woman at a party with their zippers down and midsections exposed. ...