The University of Alabama has been adamant about the reason they’re returning $21.5 million Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., their biggest donor in school history. Despite reports that they’re returning it to show their support of the state’s new abortion law, the school has been clear from the start they’re returning the gift because of the donor’s actions.
“The action taken by the board today was a direct result of Mr. Culverhouse’s ongoing attempts to interfere in the operations of the Law School,” the university’s vice chancellor for communication, Kellee Reinhart, said in a statement to Fox News. “That was the only reason the Board voted to remove his name and return his money.”
Culverhouse encouraged boycotts at the school over the Alabama abortion law that would essentially eliminate abortions in the state if the judiciary doesn’t strike it down, which it almost certainly will. Following appeals, it will likely be considered by the Supreme Court.
While the board did not imply they supported the abortion ban, their willingness to pan such a large donation is a good indicator they don’t appreciate Culverhouse’s perspectives. He can keep his money.
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