UA emails show decision to return funds to Culverhouse preceded abortion comments

June 12, 2019 |

The University of Alabama planned to return Hugh Culverhouse Jr.’s donation and remove his name from the law school at least four days before Culverhouse called for a boycott of the school following the state’s passage of an abortion ban.

According to emails sent to, Finis St. John, chancellor of UA System, suggested Culverhouse’s $21.5 million donation be returned on May 25, four days before Culverhouse spoke out about the abortion legislation. That followed a May 24 email request from Culverhouse that the University return $10 million.

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