To the LU Board of Trustees,
I’m sure the last couple of weeks have been extremely difficult for you in your role on the board of trustees at Liberty. I trust it is your desire to lead the University forward with integrity. As a graduate of Liberty, I feel that you deserve to know my most recent thoughts.
The information that continues to be revealed about Jerry and Becki Falwell’s abuse of their positions at Liberty to prey on young men is absolutely disgusting. It reminds me of 1 Corinthians 5:1a where Paul writes, “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans.” Not only has Liberty’s reputation been severely damaged over the last couple weeks, Christ has been mocked as a result.
For Liberty to regain trust, significant steps will need to be taken to correct the kind of culture that allowed this to go on unchecked. I obviously did not know that the Falwells were preying on young men, but I did know that something was not right. That has been obvious to anyone with eyes to see for years now. Yet nothing was done.
Now, Jerry Jr’s biggest enabler (as the former chairman of the board) is the acting president. How can this be? I assume that Jerry Prevo did not know Jerry Jr’s most secret sins, but he should have known that something was not right. Either he did not know and should have. Or worse, he knew and did nothing.
For these reasons, Prevo should be immediately relieved of his duties as acting president. An outside person of the highest Christian character and leadership ability should be brought on to serve as interim president.
An independent investigation should be commissioned to determine the extent of the corruption and immorality that has gone on at the highest levels of Liberty University for years now. Who did what? Who knew what? And when did they know it? Once the investigation is completed, the trustees should undertake a nationwide search for the next president of Liberty University. Jerry Jr’s severance should be escrowed until the completion of the investigation, and if any of the charges against him are demonstrated to be true, the severance agreement should be canceled. Let him sue the University. I heard his father say on numerous occasions that the school should be burned down if it strays from its Christian convictions.
I trust you are people of integrity who have been placed in a terrible position. I do not envy you at all. But I am praying that God will use you and the other board members to restore integrity and Christlike character to the highest levels of leadership of Liberty.
Class of 2010