Southern Methodist University faculty uneasy about a Bush Presidential Library
Southern Methodist University is the front runner to be the site for the Bush Presidential Library, and is favored by President Bush because of his United Methodist religious affiliation. The administration at SMU has been pushing to win the project.
Faculty at SMU are starting to protest, and United Methodist leaders are also questioning the relationship. Why? They tend to view Bush’s policies and decisions as antithetical to their faith. Some are also worried about the emerging discussion about turning the Bush Presidential Library into an academic center that would advance Bush’s political philosophy using SMU as a vehicle.
Other sites in contention are Baylor University and the University of Dallas. Some universities would be friendlier to a Bush Library than others, but I think it is undeniable that Bush’s own attitudes about learning and intellectuality would naturally make university faculty anywhere anxious about a Bush Presidential Library at their institution.