Liberty University president to head Trump task force reforming higher education

The Trump administration has asked Liberty University’s president to lead a White House task force dedicated to changing higher education.

Jerry Falwell, Jr., the president of Liberty University and a evangelical leader, will head the group charged with reforming the country’s higher education system, Falwell told the Chronicle of Higher Education Tuesday.

Falwell said the task force will work in response to what he says is “overreaching regulation” and micromanagement in higher education.

Falwell told the Chronicle that Trump asked him to lead the task force when the two met at Trump Tower in New York City in November. The size of the task force has yet to be determined, Falwell said.

Falwell has said that Trump offered him a job as secretary of Education last year but that he declined so he could stay with his family.

{mosads}Trump held rallies at Liberty University, the largest Christian university in the U.S., throughout his 2016 bid for president. Falwell, a strong supporter of the president, once compared Trump to Winston Churchill.

Some students at Liberty University have slammed Falwell for closely associating the school with Trump.

“In the months since Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed him, Donald Trump has been inexorably associated with Liberty University. We are Liberty students who are disappointed with President Falwell’s endorsement and are tired of being associated with one of the worst presidential candidates in American history,” students said in a statement that included more than 2,000 signatures in October. 

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