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LU President Jerry Falwell Jr. taking leave of absence

LU President Jerry Falwell Jr. taking leave of absence

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Jerry Falwell Jr.

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Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. speaks to former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley during convocation at the Vines Center on Nov. 15.

LYNCHBURG — Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. is taking an indefinite leave of absence starting immediately, the university announced Friday.

In a statement, the university said the Board of Trustees Executive Committee requested Falwell step aside and he agreed.

The move comes after Falwell apologized for posting — and quickly deleting — a photo on Instagram showing him with his pants partially unzipped.

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, the Vice-Chair of the House Republican conference, called on Falwell to resign.

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