Falwell Tapped for Higher Ed Task Force

A White House official on Sunday confirmed that Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, will be one of 15 college presidents on a task force on higher education, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported.

The news is the first official comment from the White House on the topic since Falwell said that the Trump administration asked him to lead a task force on reforming regulations related to higher education. Even so, information on the new task force's role, membership, purview, and timing is still scant.

The initiative is different from the group he claimed to have been tapped to lead in late January.

"The White House contacted me last week and asked me to be a part of a group of 15 college presidents to address education issues," Falwell told Politico. "This is a White House task force and not a Department of Education task force."

Falwell said that he has spoken to different officials for this effort, "but we haven't had any substantive discussions on the issues yet."


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