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University Of Alabama Releases Emails Regarding Donor's Rejected Gift: NPR



The University of Alabama's law school sign changed on Friday, after the school decided to return the largest single donation ever. The move follows a dispute with donor Hugh Culverhouse Jr.
                
                
                    
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The University of Alabama's law school sign changed on Friday, after the school decided to return the largest single donation ever. Hugh Culverhouse Jr.

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The University of Alabama has released a series of internal emails regarding mega-donor Hugh Culverhouse, Jr., saying the contravention of his rejection of Culverhouse's $ 21.5 million Alabama's strict abortion law. Culverhouse also had called for prospective students to boycott the school.

"Our decision was never about the issue of abortion," the university said. Instead, the school said, the decision was "

In response to the university's release of the email records, Culverhouse said he's glad they emerged – and he contends that the emails back his claim that the university disagreed with his political stance.

Culverhouse had a total of $ 26.5 million over four years. He said: "This decision is made for the sake of academic and institutional integrity."

The earliest email released by the university dates from May 17; May 24: Culverhouse asks for $ 10 million to be returned;

  • May 25: University of Alabama System Chancellor Fess St. John says
  • May 29: Culverhouse calls for students to boycott the University of Alabama
  • June 7: The university's board of trustees Culverhouse's donation.
  • In Culverhouse's view, the university dismisses his record as a retaliation for students who reconsider attending a university that advocates a state law that discriminates against women and is unconstitutional. "

    University of Alabama accuse Culverhouse of trying to interfere in its operations, from the hiring and the law of professors to student admission. The school says it's for those reasons, not because of Culverhouse's views on the state's controversial abortion law, that it decided to give it back to Culverhouse.

    Culverhouse, a florida attorney and businessman, acknowledges that the disputes are outlined in the newly released emails are unrelated to the abortion issue. But, he states, "Following the anti-abortion law – and with Gov. Kay Ivey being a member of the Board of trustees of the University of Alabama – I am compelled to take a stand and call for a boycott, especially since my father What an officer of Planned Parenthood. "

                
       

       

       

    Culverhouse adds that he never returned the money to the university and his law school.

    WBHM reported last week, "Culverhouse says he was stunned by the university's stand, but he added 'You probably should not put your name on a building, because at some point they might get fed up and start talking.'

    Until last week, Culverhouse was the University of Alabama's largest donor, carrying on the legacy of his late father, to Alabama alum and the former owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But the school stripped the younger Culverhouse's name off his law school last friday, after the board of trustees voted to return his most recent donation.

    The Culverhouse and the University of Washington, University of Washington, DC, USA, submitted to the School of Law and Economics, including one in which he demanded the $ 10 million be returned.

    "You seem to think the quid pro quo is I Thank you for your money – Good-Bye, '"Culverhouse wrote to the university's president, Stuart Bell, on May 25. "You just were not prepared."

    In the emails, Culverhouse cites his earlier successes in helping the university's business school and the women's golf team. And he says he wants to help the law school succeed. So he makes it clear. In one instance, he recommends adjusting teacher-student ratios;

    Citing his experience with the business school, Culverhouse said in an email to law school Mark Brandon that he expects the law school to consult him on big choices. That's what the business school did when it received a large donation from his father's estate.

    "Culverhouse wrote."

    For his part, Brandon balked at what he described as Culverhouse's attempts to interfere with staffing at the law school, and the donor's desire to "have free rein to wander into classrooms."

    Brandon said that such visits should only happen with a professor's consent. In explanation his resistance, the dean stated concerns about academic freedom. So he said that Culverhouse 10 Professors, adding "I do not want my faculty to be scrutinized of someone who may be motivated by a desire to get rid of them."

    The Emails show that on May 24, when Culverhouse initially asked the university to return $ 10 million he had donated, the request surprised Bell, who replied in part, "I've had a good conversation yesterday and a good plan to move forward."

    But by then, the relationship between the university and its biggest donor was teetering on the edge. Alabama, adding, "yesterday, I have removed Alabama as a beneficiary from my will / trust." That amount makes a It's gone. "

    When Brandon wrote back to apologize and suggesting a time to talk, Culverhouse replied," Mark – at this point conversations are not worth the time. "

    As Culverhouse noted in an earlier email to the school, the University of Alabama's business school is named for his father, Hugh Culverhouse Sr. – the result, as the younger Culverhouse mentioned, of a protracted disagreement involving multiple lawsuits that were settled in 1998. The $ 16 million donation has been received, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported.

    "The school did not get $ 16MM from my father's estate except when they agreed to my terms after 2 years of litigating," Culverhouse wrote on Friday, May 17.

    But the university's emails suggest the school's leaders were not

    Chancellor St. John said on May 25, as the university's core leaders agreed that they should return to Culverhouse's donation in full and remove his name from the law school.


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