Donors raise money to remove Harry Reid’s name from university building

Sep 1, 2014 by

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Sen. Harry Reid doesn’t have many fans in southern Utah, apparently.

After an outcry from donors, Southern Utah University is removing Reid’s name from the Outdoor Engagement Center.

The Spectrum reports:

SUU President Scott Wyatt decided to make some changes that called for the Nevada senator’s name to be removed from the building.

Several months ago, some concerned citizens met with Wyatt, calling for the removal of Reid’s name from the center.

“We had people step up and pledge money towards removing his name. In five days I received pledges totaling $40,000 – in just five days,” said Cedar City Councilman Paul Cozzens.

Reid is an alumnus of the school.

“Sen. Reid is part of the SUU alumni and he was gracious enough to grant the university the use of his name, and I didn’t want to offend him in any way,” Wyatt tells the paper.

The university is willing to add Reid’s name to another building – which hasn’t been built yet.

“We have not received any money yet for … that building, so if that happens then it will give us an opportunity to build a Harry Reid Center and to clearly define the purpose of that center,” the university president says.

“This is a conservative base in Southern Utah and many people in southern Nevada also feel the same way,” Cozzens tells The Spectrum. “These people in Nevada do not espouse to Reid’s political philosophies, and they told me they would not support the university or send any more of their children there, and this was coming from people who had already sent children to SUU, so long as Harry Reid’s name remained.”

The Huffington Post notes the university added Reid’s name to the center with the hope it would help raise money.

They did just that.

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