A self-reported faculty member at Meredith College has commented on my post regarding that college’s rejection of a donation from the BB&T Charitable Foundation to fund a program in business ethics.

His point was that conditions made on the donation were a threat to academic freedom.

In part, I responded about the freedom the college sought:

For brevity, let me suggest that Meredith College was seeking freedom from reality, more specifically that the producer of value has a right to set the terms by which it is used. The college’s objection was not over BB&T Charitable Foundation giving money, but that it as the producer of the value should set the terms for how that money would be used.

While Meredith College is free to insist on this condition, BB&T Charitable Foundation was correct to refuse, and it is my hope that they will find a partner who would with deal with them on their terms.

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