Plan for Bush library on SMU campus stirs protest

Faculty and Methodist clergy oppose project
Southern Methodist University, which holds to its denomination’s standards for leadership and public service, has become embroiled in a controversy over linking itself permanently to the husband of one of its most famous alumni, Laura Bush.

Representatives of President George W. Bush have selected the Dallas campus to be the location of his presidential library, but many faculty members have protested, saying that the Bush library would harm the university’s mission.

SMU president R. Gerald Turner told his staff January 17 that the project would increase the 11,000-student university’s visibility. “Over time,” Turner said, “the political components of the library complex will fade and the historical aspects will ascend.”

 

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