Liberty University is opening an impartial investigation into Jerry Falwell Jr.’s tenure as president every week after his resignation attributable to allegations of his involvement in a intercourse scandal.
The evangelical college’s board introduced Monday it’s conducting a wide-ranging inquiry that may embrace monetary, actual property and authorized issues.
In an announcement, the board stated it had retained an out of doors agency to research “all aspects” of the varsity’s operations below Falwell Jr., and that it was “dedicated to studying the implications which have flowed from a scarcity of non secular stewardship by our former president.”
Calls for such an investigation had been mounting since Falwell Jr.’s departure final week from the submit he had held since 2007.
Falwell Jr. formally resigned final Tuesday, after a information outlet revealed an interview with Giancarlo Granda, a youthful enterprise associate of the Falwell household, who disclosed that he had a yearslong sexual relationship with Falwell’s spouse, Becki Falwell.
Granda stated that Falwell Jr. participated in among the liaisons as a voyeur.
Although the Falwells have acknowledged that Granda and Becki Falwell had an affair, Falwell Jr. has denied any participation. The couple allege that Granda sought to extort them by threatening to disclose the connection until he was paid substantial monies.
The couple stated in an announcement supplied to The Associated Press late Sunday that they help Liberty’s board and “welcome any inquiry as we have now nothing to cover.”
Granda has denied making an attempt to extort the Falwells. He informed the AP that he presently has no plans to pursue authorized motion towards them, however does wish to see an impartial investigation of the varsity.
Based on what he noticed of the varsity’s administration below Falwell Jr., Granda described it as being run “like a monarchy.”
Falwell Jr. took over as president of Liberty University after the dying of his well-known evangelist father, the Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr.
He oversaw a interval of expansive progress and transformation: Liberty’s on-line program exploded, as did its endowment, the campus underwent an enormous transformation and the athletics applications improved.
Falwell Jr. additionally stayed within the information for a collection of divisive remarks as properly as his vocal help of U.S. President Donald Trump and was the topic of stories tales that targeted on his enterprise dealings.
Liberty’s assertion acknowledged that Falwell Jr.’s sharpest critics have lengthy been calling for a departure.
“Some could say that every one the indicators have been there for an extended time earlier than final week,” the assertion stated.
“It’s definitely truthful to say that there have been questionable feedback made, worrying behaviour, and inappropriate social media posts, however all of the indicators weren’t there till the beginning of final week.”
The assertion additionally stated the varsity is contemplating a separate transfer to reorient it towards its “non secular mission” by establishing a submit within the college management devoted to non secular steerage for different leaders, guaranteeing they “stay out the Christian stroll anticipated of every one among us at Liberty.”