Jerry Falwell, Jr.

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Jerry Falwell, Jr.
Born (1962-06-17) June 17, 1962 (age 52)
Lynchburg, Virginia,
United States
Occupation Academic administrator, President - Liberty University
Religion Southern Baptist

Jerry Lamon Falwell, Jr (born June 17, 1962) is the president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, appointed in May 2007 shortly after his father's death in 2007.

Falwell attended private schools in the Lynchburg area, attending Lynchburg Christian Academy, where he graduated in 1980, and attended Liberty University, where he obtained his B.A. in Religious Studies in 1984. Falwell then attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where he obtained his J.D. in 1987.

Falwell is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to practice law in Virginia, United States District Courts in both Eastern and Western districts of Virginia, the Fourth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Since 1987, he has served in private practice, being the General Counsel of his father's entities, serving on the Board of Trustees of Liberty University in 2000, and later serving Vice Chancellor from 2003 until his father's death, and as Chancellor since then.

Growth of Liberty University[edit]

Under Falwell's leadership, Liberty University has grown from about 37,000 students to more than 90,000 students, with more than 80,000 of them taking courses through Liberty University Online. More than 12,600 students are currently enrolled in course on campus.[1]

Bond Sale[edit]

In December 2010, Falwell helped Liberty University secure $120 million in tax-exempt facilities bonds after the school received a AA bond rating from Standard & Poor’s. The school plans to use the bonds for facilities upgrades, a new health sciences building, a visitor’s center and to pay for capital projects.[2]


Shortly after obtaining his law degree, he married Becki Tilley of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. They have three children: Jerry III (known as Trey), Charles Wesley, and Caroline Grace. They live in Bedford County, Virginia.

He is also the brother of Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor at the Thomas Road Baptist Church.


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