University of Alabama trustees vote to return $26.5 Million Donation

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In this Sept. 20, 2018, photo, Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., who pledged a $26.5 million donation to the University of Alabama law school, speaks during an event in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The university appears poised to reject the donation by Culverhouse, who recently called on students to boycott the university over the state’s new abortion ban. […]

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on University of Alabama decision to return record donation (all times local):

10 a.m.

University of Alabama trustees have voted to return a record $26.5 million to a donor who called for a boycott after the state passed a hardline anti-abortion law.

Real estate investor and lawyer Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. says he has no doubt this is about his abortion remarks.

But university officials say the dispute has to do with his attempts to dictate how his donation is to be used. They say the 70-year-old Culverhouse made “numerous demands” regarding the operation of the school.

The trustees also voted to strip Culverhouse’s name from the law school.


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