Christian Convert Removed as Liberty University Dean

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Ergun Caner -- a former Muslim turned Baptist minister who openly shared his story of conversion around the nation -- has been removed as dean of Liberty University's theological seminary, after claims that he lied about certain parts of his past.

After a "thorough and exhaustive review" of Caner's public speeches, the Liberty University board of trustees concluded that he has made "factual statements that are self-contradictory."

The panel agreed that Caner grew up in a Muslim home and became a Christian when he was a teenager, but found "discrepancies related to such matters as dates, names and places of residence."

"Dr. Caner has cooperated with the board committee and has apologized for the discrepancies and misstatements that led to this review," Liberty University officials said in a statement.

Caner will remain on the university faculty, but will not be dean after his term expires June 30.

The Christian school was founded by Rev. Jerry Falwell in 1971.

Caner became dean of the seminary at Liberty in 2005. Since then, enrollment has nearly tripled to about 4,000 students.

* Originally aired June 29, 2010. 

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