Bush library, institute for SMU get support

Opponents raise ethical concerns
A regional group of United Methodist bishops has affirmed the process surrounding the possible placement of President George W. Bush’s library and policy center on the grounds of Southern Methodist University.

The bishops, who represent United Methodists in the south central United States, adopted a resolution February 5 at a quarterly meeting with SMU president Gerald Turner. The resolution praised Turner’s “careful stewardship and advocacy of the historic relationship between the university and the church.”

On February 7, professors at SMU voted down a proposal to hold a full-faculty referendum on whether the campus should house a Bush institute as part of the overall presidential library complex.

SMU is a private university with 11,000 students. The project will be financed with a private fund drive aimed at raising at least $200 million.


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