3 Things You Should Know About Jerry Falwell Jr.

Chris Tyree for The Chronicle Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, isn't the most conventional choice to lead a task force on higher-education policy. But, according to him, that's exactly what he's about to do. Mr. Falwell told The Chronicle on Tuesday that President Trump had asked him to lead such a panel, which would be charged with curbing federal overreach in higher ed. Mr. Falwell has enjoyed a rapid rise in prominence over the past few years, and especially since November's presidential election. Here are three things you should know about him: 1. He sits at the head of a sprawling Christian university with an enormous online presence. Liberty University today is something of a juggernaut. Started by Mr. Falwell's father, the religious broadcaster Jerry Falwell, in 1971, Liberty has ballooned in size over the decades. As of 2015, the university's online program had more than 65,000 students. That expansion has come on the back of a particularly aggressive marketing strategy. Things weren't always so prosperous for the university. The institution teetered on the brink of...

Read the full article here