As a lifelong Razorback fan, I never thought I’d be proud of the University of Alabama for something, but here goes. . . .

Last week the University of Alabama returned a $21.5 million donation to the school’s largest donor and removed the donor’s name from the university’s law school.

The actions came after the donor called on students to boycott the university following Alabama’s passage of a new pro-life law that generally prohibits most abortions.

NPR reports,

The University of Alabama’s board of trustees has voted to return a $21.5 million gift from Hugh Culverhouse Jr. — the school’s biggest donor — and take his name off its law school. The move comes after Culverhouse urged businesses and prospective students to boycott the university and the state over Alabama’s new abortion law.

The school says the transaction to return the funds was processed Friday morning and that it will also return any accrued interest. Last fall, Culverhouse pledged to donate a total of $26.5 million over four years. . . .

Culverhouse issued a statement Friday in which he renewed his call for students “to protest and reconsider their educational options in Alabama.”

A lot of schools would be reluctant to give up that kind of money.

Hats off to the Board of Trustees at the University of Alabama for having the backbone and conviction to do what’s right.

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