Hugh Culverhouse doesn’t care if University of Alabama officials don’t want his money
Hugh Culverhouse, Jr. Photo courtesy University of Alabama

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Donor downplays supposed disagreement with university.

Florida businessman Hugh Culverhouse, Jr. doesn’t think much of University of Alabama (UA) officials threatening to send his donations back.

“I’m sorry for the university,” he told Florida Politics, “but f— you, and have a nice day.”

Culverhouse on Wednesday called on prospective UA students to boycott UA until a controversial new abortion law gets repealed or struck down. The move made headlines in part because Culverhouse remains the biggest donor in the university’s history.

The same day as Culverhouse issued his call to action, the university’s chancellor, Finis ESt. John IV, released a statement.

The message? Maybe Culverhouse can have his money back.

But the statement also asserted any disagreement between the donor and school had nothing to do with state law, over which university officials have no control.

“As part of an ongoing dispute, last week Hugh Culverhouse, Jr. asked for the return of $10 million, repeating numerous demands about the operations of the University of Alabama School of Law,” the statement reads.

“Consequently, yesterday Chancellor St. John recommended to the board of trustees that it return all of Mr. Culverhouse’s $21.5 million donation to the Law School … which will be acted on at the Board’s meeting next week.”

Culverhouse said that’s a mischaracterization of any disagreement with the school. He said he paid $11 million of a gift to the school upfront and had an agreement to pay the remaining balance of the donation over four years.

But part of that meant he’d have involvement in decisions at the school.

He disagreed with the law school dean about upping entrance requirements, instead saying the school needed to increase its enrollment. But that concern was assuaged when the school announced a plan to grow enrollment 8 percent each year.

The university statement said: “Donors may not dictate University administration.”

As far as abortion, Culverhouse said he did say no endowment chair should be appointed until the abortion issue gets resolved.

Gov. Kay Ivey this month signed into law a bill barring abortion at all stages of pregnancy. The law has no exceptions for rape or incest.

Culverhouse said that’s a knowing attempt to conflict with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade.

“Saudi Arabia is more liberal in granting abortions than Alabama,” Culverhouse said.

“What really f—ing pisses me off is if I sent my daughter to Alabama and she got gang-raped by 15 to 20 men, she could not obtain an abortion without the doctor going to prison. But a lot of rape cases, they get probation, or get 5 years, 15 or 20 years. A doctor faces 99 godd— years.”

The UA law school has born Culverhouse’s name since he made his large donation in September.

But he notes that a $6.5 million endowment providing for students to attend University of Alabama’s business school, which is named for his father Hugh Culverhouse Sr., provides for more individuals to get an education.

Yet UA has only been arguing about sending the law school money back.

Culverhouse noted, though, that his boycott extends far beyond the university. He has called on all international commerce to boycott Alabama. The school represents a small part of that.

“I’m far more concerned with Mercedes and all the car companies doing business in Alabama,” he said.

And Culverhouse said he would make a similar call for a state issuing such severe restrictions on women’s reproductive health. That includes Florida.

Notably, multiple abortion restrictions were filed this year in Florida, though none passed. But Rep. Mike Hill, a Pensacola Republican, told the Pensacola News-Journal he intended to file a bill similar to Alabama’s next year.

“Mike Hill got told by God to do that,” Culverhouse said. “But you can tell Mike Hill that God and Jesus talked to me last night and they said you f— anybody who violates Supreme Court law. So I’m following God.

“Maybe his God and my God are schizo-f—ing-phrenic, or maybe he should stop using religion to go after women.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Ray Blacklidge

    May 30, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Culverhouse has tarnished his father’s name and any good he was trying to do by his donation to the Alabama Law School, which obviously was a farce. I have no problem with Mr. Culverhouse having a different opinion than the elected officials of Alabama, however his childish remarks and actions are unacceptable and clearly unprofessional.

    • CC

      June 1, 2019 at 10:03 am

      Another creepy lawyer that over rates himself. Bet him & michael avenatti are best buds.

  • John Clark

    May 30, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Such elegant language

    • Rhonda

      May 30, 2019 at 8:23 pm

      I am disappointed in the disrespect demonstrated by Mr. Culverhouse for opinions other than his own. Keep your blood money and remember you cannot buy your way into Heaven.

  • Rhonda Dockery

    May 30, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    I am disappointed in the disrespect demonstrated by Mr. Culverhouse for opinions other than his own. Keep your blood money and remember you cannot buy your way into Heaven.

  • Reynaldo

    May 31, 2019 at 6:22 am

    I didn’t know Hugh Culverhouse, Jr. is such a low-life. Apparently, he’s accustomed to getting his way, and screams like a 2-year old when he doesn’t. Not this time, chump.

  • Thaddaeus

    May 31, 2019 at 11:00 am

    Culverhouse takes a stand for women, for doctors, and for responsible stewardship of funds designated for scholarships and faculty development. As far as his language is concerned, that’s the way people talk in the Trump Era. I don’t like it either. But when the leader of the greatest nation on earth establishes the key, certain notes must be played.

  • Ann

    May 31, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    GOOD! Take your money! I do not want your name associated with the school my daughters graduated from! And my native Alabamian husband said to get out of Alabama and stay out!

    Such an upstanding guy! Even went after his elderly mother to take the estate away from her and even asked that any donations she had made to be returned! Jerk!

    FYI: Your daughter can get the Morning After Pill if she has been raped. Which is what most rape victims do.

    If every organization attempted to bend to follow the whims of every donor on every single issue, or else the person is not going to donate…. guess what, NO ONE would be donating money to any organization!

    Sending in my check now to the Alumni Association and actually increased the amount after this publicity stunt by Culverhouse.


  • Clarinda Percy

    June 8, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Culverhouse is a petty, vengeful, drunken, foul mouthed control freak. He is a sadist that dangles money in front of schools, charities, organizations, only to include impossible terms and conditions. His father couldn’t stand him. We turned him down because he is a very bad individual. Had nothing to do with abortion.

  • NotImpressed

    June 9, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Why doesn’t he move to Alabama and run for elected office? He chose not to remain in the state, yet he is attempting to make policy and/or influence it for the state’s residents? Same goes with Hollywood actors and CEOs at Disney who love tell other states’ residents how to vote, believe and act without moving there.

    I have come to the conclusion that there are no easy answers to these issues, because there are compelling arguments on both sides. Rich tyrants issuing edicts in the guise of “charity” doesn’t help matters.

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