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University of Louisville's Major Gift from Pizza CEO, Koch Comes With Caveat

University of Louisville President James Ramsey listens as an audit report is released to U of L's Board of Trustees. The audit came about after internal theft was found at the university.
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University of Louisville President James Ramsey during a 2014 Board of Trustees meeting. Brucie Moore sits to his right.

This story has been corrected.

A week after announcing the receipt of $6.3 million from the foundations of businessmen “Papa” John Schnatter and Charles Koch, the University of Louisville has released the underlying seven-year agreements.

The two documents affirm that the new John H. Schnatter Center for Free Enterprise will be created by Dec. 1. It also states that the money will be spent on two tenure-track professorships, two visiting professors, center staff and expenses, up to five research grants, up to four doctoral fellowships, and classes, seminars and annual lectures.

There’s also a clause that wasn’t mentioned at last week’s news conference with President James Ramsey and Schnatter. Should Schnatter, who is giving $4.64 million, and Koch, who’s in for $1.66 million, declare that UofL or the UofL Foundation is failing to live up to its end of the agreement, they can terminate it at any time.

In that event, all obligations would be off -- except for one. The university would have to continue paying the salaries and benefits of the two tenure-track professors “indefinitely.” Those jobs are budgeted at $160,625 per year in pay and benefits, or $321,250 combined.

Rebecca Peek, a U of L senior and member of the Student Labor Action Project, said she was ashamed of the school’s agreement.

“It will certainly affect curriculum and limit the viewpoints taught to business students,” she said in a statement. “As a student at the University of Louisville I want to know that I am being presented with information for the sake of knowledge, not to promote the personal agenda of a private interest group.”

Read the contracts:

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Reporter James McNair can be reached at jmcnair@kycir.org and (502) 815-6543.

Correction: This story incorrectly reported the amount of pay budgeted for two tenure-track professors. Those jobs are budgeted at $160,625 per year in pay and benefits, or $321,250 combined.

Disclosure: In October 2014, the University of Louisville, which for years has donated to Louisville Public Media, earmarked $10,000 to KyCIR as part of a larger LPM donation.