The Liberty University Board of Trustees held a special meeting today but did not decide whether or not to remove embattled President Jerry Falwell, Jr.
In a statement, the evangelical school said the board ratified terms of Falwell’s indefinite leave of absence and Acting President Jerry Prevo’s employment, but it did not decide Falwell’s fate.
Liberty said this included directives that Falwell “may not act as President, use any powers of the University president, and may not communicate with employees to manage, direct, or interfere with the operations of the University.” The school added that Prevo may call on Falwell “for consultation and background information.”
Since then, another bizarre video of Falwell’s has come to light, as well as Falwell’s habit of “liking” posts of Liberty students in bikinis. Also, an article in Politico yesterday questioned Falwell’s practice of using a yacht owned by NASCAR mogul Rick Hendrick for family vacations after the university committed to a lucrative sponsorship deal with Hendrick.
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This is in addition to prior allegations concerning Falwell of self-dealing, questionable business deals, and a dictatorial style of leadership.
Liberty and its board said they have “decided to not publicly comment on the various rumors and claims about Falwell at this time. Instead, the Board intends to use this time of leave to look into them as part of the process of determining what is in the best interest of Liberty University.”
Also today, the board unanimously ratified the executive committee’s decision to vest all the powers of the university president in Prevo. The board also reported asked Prevo to use his time of leadership “to reset the spiritual focus and emphasis at the University and expressed support for the spiritual revival plans Prevo announced.”