$500M Bush Library Deal Expected Today

Southern Methodist University trustees voting on controversial project
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2008 2:58 AM CST
$500M Bush Library Deal Expected Today
George W. Bush's presidential library has been a divisive issue, with a vocal group of Methodist bishops, clergy, and faithful strongly opposed to furthering George W. Bush's policies, which they say have little in common with Methodism.   (Getty Images (by Event))

Southern Methodist University's trustees are expected to vote today to bring George W. Bush's presidential library to the Texas institution, reports the Dallas Morning News.  The agreement will be "a great day for SMU," said the university's president. But the road to a final agreement at Laura Bush's alma mater hasn't been a smooth one.

The controversial $500 million library, museum and policy center faced fierce opposition from some faculty members —and a vocal group of Methodist bishops and clergy—who objected to being associated with a think-tank that aims to further Bush's policies. The project has also been entangled in a land dispute. (Read more George W. Bush stories.)

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