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Oct 18, 2016 10:57 AM

UNH professor petitions for reconsideration of $4 million donation going to scoreboard


DURHAM — A University of New Hampshire professor has started an online petition asking for UNH President Mark Huddleston to reconsider how the school spends the $4 million donation made by a former librarian.

READ: Outrage at UNH as $1M of librarian's $4M donation goes to scoreboard, $100K to library

Robert Morin, who died in 2015 after working as a cataloguer for the library at UNH for almost 50 years, left a surprise $4 million fortune to the institution, with $100,000 to specifically go towards the library. A decision was made that $1 million of this donation would go towards a video scoreboard for the football field and $2.5 million towards a career center.

Outrage came with this decision, with people such as Governor Maggie Hassan and House Speaker Shawn Jasper asking for President Huddleston to reconsider where this money should go to.

A professor of art history at UNH, Patricia Emison, has created an online petition also asking the president to rethink this decision.

Emison wrote in the petition that use of the money should be made "more appropriate to the life and interests of the donor, which centered on the library."

She believes that strengthening the academic core mission of the university, through enhancing undergraduate education, would better honor Morin's donation.

The petition is looking for 500 supporters, and so far has 245.

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