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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 file photo, Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., poses during an interview in his offices at the school in Lynchburg, Va. Falwell says president elect-Donald Trump offered him the job of Secretary of Education, but he turned it down for personal reasons. Falwell told The Associated Press on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, that Trump offered him the job last week during a meeting in New York. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Jerry Falwell Jr. will lead a task force Trump created to reform higher education


Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University and a widely known evangelical leader, will lead a task force created by President Trump to reform the U.S. higher education system, our partner at WSET reports.

It's not clear when that task force will begin its work. Falwell said in November Trump had offered to nominate him for Secretary of Education, a job which ultimately went to Betsy DeVos. He declined, saying he couldn't leave Liberty for more than two years and did not want to move to Washington. 

Falwell endorsed Trump in January 2016 and was an enthusiastic supporter.

Falwell and Robertson on The 700 Club after 9/11

WATCH | Falwell's father, Jerry Sr., drew headlines after the Sept. 11 attacks, saying the LGBT community, abortion-rights supporters and liberals drew God's wrath and caused the attacks.

A former Liberty student bashed Falwell for promoting questionable science.

Others took shots at Falwell's young-earth creationist beliefs.

Some saw serious implications for the Falwell pick.

But Falwell saw his appointment as an opportunity to remove regulation from the education system.

"There's too much intrusion into the operation of universities and colleges," he told The Washington Post on Tuesday. 

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