Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. said Saturday that President elect-Donald Trump offered him the job of education secretary, but that he turned it down.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Falwell said Trump offered him the job during a meeting in New York City last week, but he declined the position for personal reasons.
Falwell told the AP that Trump wanted a four-to-six-year commitment from him, but that he couldn't leave Liberty for more than two years. Plus, Falwell said he didn't want to work in Washington D.C. for more than two years because he didn't want to relocate 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.