Liberty University has given cash and land valued at a combined $1 million to University of Lynchburg in memory of LU's founder, the Rev. Jerry Falwell Sr.
The gift includes land valued at $750,000 and $250,000 in cash to go toward building UL's new residence hall, UL said in a news release Friday.
The land is adjacent to UL's campus and includes a parking lot off Thomas Road. UL said in the release it had not yet decided on a purpose for the land.
“The University of Lynchburg and Liberty University have been good neighbors for many decades, and we share a common commitment to our city,” University of Lynchburg President Ken Garren said in the news release. “We thank the leadership of LU and the Falwell family for this generous gift, which will help us in our current expansion and the enhancements of the University of Lynchburg educational experience.”
Falwell Sr. studied journalism at Lynchburg College, which changed its name to University of Lynchburg this year, for two years in the 1950s before transferring to Baptist Bible College in Missouri. He founded Thomas Road Baptist Church in 1956 and LU in 1971. He died in May 2007.
Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, said in the UL news release his father "treasured his time at Lynchburg College."
"His studies at Lynchburg College were instrumental in preparing him for his life’s work. We are proud to be formally recognizing the key role Lynchburg College played in his life and ministry with this gift.," Falwell Jr. said.