Jerry Falwell Jr. has agreed to take “an indefinite leave of absence” from his roles as president and chancellor of Liberty University, numerous sources reported.
Falwell had served as president since 2007 and left the Lynchburg-based college after the executive committee requested he take an indefinite leave. The leave was effective upon Falwell’s agreement, the university said in a statement Friday.
NEWS: Jerry Falwell Jr. is taking “indefinite leave of absence” from Liberty University. pic.twitter.com/kl8SF8Omcy
— Michael Stratford (@mstratford) August 7, 2020
Though no reason was given for Falwell’s departure, the decision to split with Falwell, who took over Liberty University from his father when he died, comes 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 Hill (@thehill) August 4, 2020
The video 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.”
Jerry Falwell Jr’s ongoing behavior is appalling.
As a Music Faculty Advisory Board Member and former instructor @LibertyU, I’m convinced Falwell should step down.
None of us are perfect, but students, faculty, alumni and @LUPraise deserve better.
— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) August 6, 2020
“I’m gonna try to be a good boy from here on out,” Falwell added.