University of Alabama could return $21.5 million, its biggest-ever donation, over abortion controversy

Controversy over Alabama’s new abortion restrictions could have financial consequences for the state’s public university system.

The chancellor of the University of Alabama system this week asked the institution to return $21.5 million donated to its law school by Florida businessman Hugh Culverhouse, Jr.

Chancellor Finis St. John says he recommended that the school’s board of trustees return Culverhouse’s donation — the largest-ever gift to the institution — because of an “ongoing dispute” that stemmed from Culverhouse making “numerous demands” about the operation of the university’s law school, the school said in a statement.

“None of the issues between the Law School and Mr.

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