The move is a sign that the evangelical university is trying to distance itself from its former leader, even as he hints at a comeback.
In this March 24 , 2020, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. | Steve Helber, File/AP
By BRANDON AMBROSINO and MICHAEL STRATFORD
04/14/2021 05:12 PM EDT
The son of Jerry Falwell Jr. is out of his job as vice president at Liberty University nearly eight months after his father resigned as president of the Christian school amid allegations of inappropriate personal behavior and financial self-dealing.
Liberty University spokesperson Scott Lamb on Wednesday confirmed to POLITICO that Trey Falwell was “no longer employed by the university.” That development, Lamb said, occurred “this week,” but he declined to provide any additional details about what happened. Lamb also declined to answer questions about whether Jerry Falwell Jr.’s other son, Wesley, or his daughters-in-law were currently employed by the university. Liberty “does not answer questions about personnel,” he said.
The move is a strong signal that the powerhouse evangelical university is seeking aggressively to distance itself from its former president — even as he hints at a possible comeback. Falwell, the eldest son of Liberty’s founder, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr. — has been advertising his visits to the university on social media. He told POLITICO in an interview published earlier this month that the Liberty community still embraces him.