Jerry Falwell Jr. to Advocate for Deregulation as Leader of Education Task Force

Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., gestures during an interview in his offices at the school in Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. would advocate for deregulation as the leader of two federal task forces on higher education for President Donald Trump, Falwell told The Chronicle of Higher Education.

While Trump has not officially announced the task forces, Falwell said the president extended the offer in November 2016 after he (Falwell) declined to serve as U.S. secretary of education, according to The Chronicle. He plans to discuss his leadership of the task forces with Trump Feb. 8, he told the Lynchburg News and Advance newspaper.

Paring back various federal regulations on higher education would be Falwell’s main goal in the posts that would give him input in the Trump administration while still allowing him to lead Liberty.

“We think many regulations published in the last decade need to be rolled back,” Falwell told The Washington Post. “I’ve got notebooks full of material from professors, from heads of accrediting bodies, from people in the financial aid department who have seen problems firsthand.”

Title IX regulations that guard against sex discrimination at universities that receive federal funding are one area of concern for Falwell, Liberty University spokesman Len Stevens has said. Falwell considers particularly cumbersome Title IX rules requiring schools to investigate sexual assaults. Such investigations are “better left to police, attorneys (and) judges,” Stevens told CNN.

Falwell spoke with several media outlets after telling The Chronicle of the posts on Jan. 31 but Stevens told Baptist Press in a Feb. 6 email that the Liberty president now prefers to hold comments until Trump officially announces the posts and the task forces’ scope.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Diana Chandler