University Holds Meeting on Bush Library
SMU Faculty Concerned About Reputation, Political Interference
Matthew C. Wright
The Washington Post
Thursday, January 25, 2007
DALLAS, Jan. 24 — Members of the Southern Methodist University faculty again raised concerns that the building of the George W. Bush presidential library on campus might damage the school’s reputation, said a participant at a closed-door meeting on Wednesday.
At the tightly guarded meeting, several members of the faculty questioned school president R. Gerald Turner about the political institute that will accompany the library. The institute will conduct research on issues that will be determined by Bush. Many of the questioners wondered whether such a powerful institution on campus will influence the type of research that can be conducted by SMU faculty and whether it will have an impact on the university’s reputation.