Falwell says Trump offered him education secretary job

Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., gestures during an interview in his offices at the school in Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Liberty University, the world's largest Christian college and a mecca of conservative politics, students seem to be uniting after a divisive election that raised questions on campus about the college president's influence, open discourse, and practicality versus principles in choosing a candidate. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., gestures during an interview in his offices at the school in Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016. Liberty University, the world's largest Christian college and a mecca of conservative politics, students seem to be uniting after a divisive election that raised questions on campus about the college president's influence, open discourse, and practicality versus principles in choosing a candidate. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. says President elect-Donald Trump offered him the job of education secretary, but that he turned it down for personal reasons.

Falwell tells The Associated Press that Trump offered him the job last week during a meeting in New York. He says Trump wanted a four- to six-year commitment, but that he couldn’t leave Liberty for more than two years.

Falwell says he couldn’t afford to work at a Cabinet-level job for longer than that and didn’t want to move his family, especially his 16-year-old daughter.

Trump announced Wednesday he had selected charter school advocate Betsy DeVos for the job. Falwell says he thinks DeVos is an “excellent choice.”

Trump spoke at the Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia, in January and Falwell later endorsed him.