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.
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.
Impossible not to view appointment of Falwell Jr to higher education seat as anything other than psychological warfare— William Gibson (@GreatDismal) February 1, 2017
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.