“They said they and others were willing to withhold possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations”
These alums are also angry about the removal of professor Gregory Manco, who we wrote about in May.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:
Citing St. Joe’s increasing ‘wokeism,’ a small group of alumni say they will withhold donations
A half-century after they graduated, several St. Joseph’s University alumni returned to campus Friday with signs and a message: They said they and others were willing to withhold possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations because of what they perceive as the school’s move toward the far left.
In a letter delivered to university leaders at an alumni luncheon, the six alumni, spanning the graduating classes of 1968 to 1973, cited “the creeping illness that seems to be taking over the college where we learned important Jesuit values of being men for others.”
They were particularly upset that the university removed Gregory Manco, a visiting assistant math professor and assistant baseball coach, from the classroom after his anonymous posts on social media in February against reparations for slavery and race and bias training. The university ultimately did not renew his contract, even though an investigation found there was insufficient evidence to conclude definitively that bias was shown.
Collectively, the withheld donations of the six alumni are in the six-figure range, said James A. Henwood, 72, a retired Philadelphia city police lieutenant who graduated from St. Joe’s in 1971. Henwood declined to say how much he was withholding, but said he was taking the university out of his estate plan.
“I think it’s taken a leftist turn,” the Philadelphia resident said. “St. Joe’s used to be someplace special. Now, it’s fallen in line with the rest of higher education.”
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