With the most recent headlines reporting the resignation of Jerry Falwell, Jr. following several scandals including his wife’s affair with another man that lasted from 2012-2018, Falwell’s alleged penchant for watching his wife have sex with the young man, and that Liberty University is said to owe $10.5 million (2 years of salary at $1.25 million a year plus $8 million because his responsibilities were curtailed) to Falwell, we all have to wonder what’s been going on at Liberty University?
When questioned about the $10.5 million in exit compensation, Mr. Falwell said “I didn’t break any rules – I get my compensation.” But the more important question is why the trustees of Liberty University ever entered into a contract with Falwell that would commit the university to paying Falwell $10.5 million if he left the university? Was he that much of an asset to Liberty? Could he have gotten that sweet deal from anywhere else? The answer is probably no and no. So, why did the trustees give Falwell such a generous contract? And, if he didn’t break any rules, why did he tender his resignation to the Board of Trustees and why did they so readily accept it? Read more
Liberty University was originally established as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 but changed its name to Liberty University (Liberty) in 1985, the same year the school was accredited. Described as an evangelical institution of higher education, Liberty has about 15,000 students on campus but more than 90,000 enrolled in on-line classes, making the school one of the largest Christian universities in the country.
Liberty has 17 colleges including a school of medicine (osteopath) and law, along with 20 Division 1 sports. The annual cost of tuition, room, and board for undergraduates is about $35,000, or about $140,000 for a 4-year degree – a relative bargain compared to many private universities whose cost is often $75,000 annually or $300,000 for a 4-year degree. Read more