Emails: University of Alabama didn't reject $21.5 million donation over abortion

The university system’s release Sunday afternoon included emails, selected by university officials, which they said establish that Culverhouse attempted to influence student admissions, scholarship awards, the hiring and firing of faculty, and the employment of the law school’s dean.

In emails shared by the system, Culverhouse appeared to be dismissive of the dean and the candidates for an endowed professorship, announced he would be there for the interviews, and emphasized his generous donations. “You seem to think the quid pro quo is I give you the largest sum and commitment in the school’s history and you have no return consideration on your end of the transaction. ‘Thanks for the money — Good-Bye.’ You just were not prepared.”

An email from the dean of the law school, Mark Brandon, expressed concern that Culverhouse had suggested a person to help with prospective students, and asked to sit in on classes — which Brandon said was troubling without professors’ express consent, both for academic freedom reasons and because Culverhouse had said the school should fire 10 professors.