Liberty University Selects Interim President While Jerry Falwell Is On Indefinite Leave


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Liberty University has selected an interim president to replace Jerry Falwell Jr. during his indefinite leave, which began Friday, numerous sources reported. 

Jerry Prevo will assume the role of acting president immediately, the college announced in a statement.

Prevo has served as chairman of Liberty’s school board of trustees since 2003 and recently returned as the senior pastor of a Baptist church in Alaska. He will leave his position on the board while working from the new role at the university, and is expected to begin working from the Lynchburg campus Aug. 17.

The decision to appoint Prevo was unanimous among the Board of Trustees,  the statement says.

“I want to thank my fellow board members for having confidence that I could be entrusted with the responsibility of serving as the Acting President during this time of Jerry Falwell, Jr’s indefinite leave of absence,” Prevo said.

Falwell agreed to take an “indefinite leave of absence” from his roles as president and chancellor of Liberty University, the university announced Friday without elaborating. Falwell had served as president since 2007 and left the Lynchburg-based college after the executive committee requested he take an indefinite leave.

LYNCHBURG, VA - JANUARY 18: Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. introduces Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with a sports jersey after he delivered the convocation in the Vines Center at the university January 18, 2016 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Although Falwell said the university does not endorse a particular candidate, he left no question as to who he is supporting in the 2016 presidential race. Highlighting Trump's conservative credentials, charity and politically incorrect speech, Falwell said,

LYNCHBURG, VA – JANUARY 18: Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. introduces Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with a sports jersey after he delivered the convocation in the Vines Center at the university January 18, 2016 in Lynchburg, Virginia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Though no reason was given for parting with Falwell, who took over the university after his father died, the decision followed after a viral photo showing Falwell vacationing on a yacht with his pants unzipped, holding a drink, with his arm around a woman. (RELATED: ‘Appalling’: Senior GOP Rep Calls For Falwell’s Resignation Over Viral Party Photo)

The photo prompted Republican North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker, who has ties to the university, to call on Falwell to step down, calling his “ongoing behavior appalling.”

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