UA trustees may return Culverhouse donation

May 29, 2019

The University of Alabama's Board of Trustees may vote next week to return a record donation to South Florida attorney Hugh Culverhouse, Junior.

A University of Alabama System statement said Chancellor Finis E. St. John is recommending the board return the $21,500,000, and remove Culverhouse's name from the UA School of Law. That vote could occur during the trustees next meeting in Tuscaloosa on June 6 and 7.

The University System said the move was prompted by alledged micromanagement by Culverhouse, and a request that $10 million of the gift be returned. The University System's response comes within hours of the attorney's call for a student boycott of UA, following action by the legislature to enact a law banning nearly all abortions in the State.

The University of Alabama says the issues between the Law School and Culverhouse had no role with passage of the state's new abortion law.

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