SMU Gets Go-Ahead on Bush Complex Lease
Cynthia B. Astle
March 15, 2007
Southern Methodist University was granted permission March 14 to lease campus property to the George W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation for construction of a library, museum and partisan policy center.
The mission committee of the United Methodist South Central Jurisdiction, in a special meeting held in Dallas solely for this purpose, voted 10-4, with one abstention, in favor of the university’s request. Legally the eight-state jurisdiction, a regional unit of The United Methodist Church, owns most of the SMU campus. The university’s charter requires that it come before the jurisdiction whenever it proposes to sell or lease property for uses not directly related to its operation.
The vote on a resolution granting the SMU board of trustees the right to lease the proposed Bush Library site was taken during an executive session at which some 30 observers were not allowed to be present. Committee chair Jackie Blair said no roll call was taken of the vote and there was no announcement of how individual committee members voted, nor who was the single member who abstained.