The Latest: U of Alabama trustees vote to return $26M gift

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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University of Alabama trustees are meeting Friday morning to decide whether to return a $21.5 million gift by a philanthropist who recently called on students to boycott the school over the state’s new abortion ban.

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 made “numerous demands” regarding the operation of the school.

The trustees will also decide whether to strip Culverhouse’s name from the law school.

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