Jerry Falwell Jr., one of President Trump’s most prominent and controversial evangelical supporters, agreed on Friday to take an indefinite leave of absence from his role as president and chancellor of Liberty University.
The executive committee of the university’s Board of Trustees made the request on behalf of the entire board, according to a news release from the university.
The statement gave no reason for the request, but the news comes days after Mr. Falwell posted, and then deleted, a photograph on Instagram with his pants unzipped and his arm around a woman.
Under the Falwell family’s leadership, Liberty has grown in five decades from a modest Baptist college to an evangelical powerhouse with cash investments and endowments of nearly $2 billion, nearly 46,000 undergraduates and a campus that sprawls across Lynchburg and neighboring counties in Virginia.
The university was founded by Mr. Falwell’s father as a bastion of social conservatism, one that was unabashedly combative as it trained what it called “Champions for Christ.”
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