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The University of Alabama Board of Trustees has decided to return a $ 21.5 million gift to Hugh Culverhouse Jr., the school's largest donor, and cancel his name from the law school. The move follows a dispute in which Culverhouse insisted that a boycott of Alabama should include the university because of its new abortion law.
The school says the $ 21.5 million transfer was completed on Friday morning Today's board meeting was a direct result of Culverhouse's continued attempts to interfere with the Law School's operations, "said Kellee Reinhart, Vice President University Chancellor, on Friday. "That was the only reason why the Board voted to cancel his name and return his money."
Culverhouse issued a statement renewing his call for students, "to protest and rethink their educational opportunities in Alabama."
The decision to return his large donation, Culverhouse said: "I expected this response from UA. I will not allow the name of my family to be associated with an education system that promotes a state law that discriminates against women, violates applicable federal law and violates our constitution. "
Culverhouse also said he never refunded He claimed he had asked himself whether the rapid action of the university in returning the money was an attempt to "silence my opinion."
Culverhouse, a lawyer and The Florida-based investor, whose father was the owner of the Tama Bay Buccaneers for many years, donated the largest donation in the school's 187-year history totaling $ 26.5 million last September.
But months after its announcement Donation joined Culverhouse with those who demanded a boycott of Alabama for its new and restrictive abortion law, which is the most common Prohibits abortions at any stage of pregnancy and contains no exceptions for cases of rape or incest.
"I can not watch in silence and associate my name with a state education system that teaches student law that is clearly in conflict with the United States Constitution and federal law, and that promotes stark discrimination," said Culverhouse Ende May, in a statement to the media in Alabama.
Lawrence Kellogg, Culverhouse's lawyer, was quoted by Florida Politics last month as saying, "Sixty-six percent of students in Alabama are not paying state tuition, and a boycott of them could certainly be effective."
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– Chelsea Barton (@ChelseaBarton_) June 7, 2019
While the university has admitted a "continuing dispute" with Culverhouse, she insists that the decision about his donations only relate to concerns in the school, not in the statehouse.
"University officials say the school has nothing to do with the abortion law, and there are ongoing disputes with Culverhouse over the use of his donation," says Debbie Elliott of NPR. "Culverhouse says he thought it was resolved and believes that the trustee's vote is a retaliation for his position on the abortion ban."
The university says Culverhouse had previously requested $ 10 million in return and also asked how the money was spent. Last week, Alabama's Chancellor advised Finis St. John, the Board of Trustees, to return Culverhouse's entire $ 21.5 million donation to law school. In this regard, he reaffirmed his position and stated that Culverhouse's expectations for its use his gift "is contrary to the essential values of academic integrity and independent administration" of the university and its law faculty.
When Culverhouse Confesses Unprecedented Last fall, the University of Alabama decided to rename its law school to Culverhouse. But within hours of the board's action on Friday, university officials began removing the name of Culverhouse from the signage in front of its law school.
Culverhouse attended a college in Florida – but he was born in Alabama and his two. Parents attended the University of Alabama where they worked in athletics. His previous gifts to the school included more than $ 2 million in support of women's golf scholarships in honor of his mother, who played golf for the Crimson Tide.
In the recent dispute, Culverhouse also mentioned the social and political heritage of his family.
"My father was a planned parenting officer in Jacksonville, Florida during the 1950s," Culverhouse said in May, according to Florida Politics. As for the abortion law, he added, "This is a civil rights issue that has been important to my family for many years."