Georgetown University just announced that it received $100 million to go toward funding a new school of public policy that will include one of the most problematic institutes at the University.
According to The Washington Post, Frank McCourt Jr., the former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and a Georgetown alumnus, offered the grant to the University to found The McCourt School of Public Policy. Reportedly, the core of the new school will be formed from what is now the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.
It was GPPI which extended the invitation to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to speak at its graduation ceremony last year. The invitation was protested by The Cardinal Newman Society and publicly opposed by the Archdiocese of Washington.
Judy Feder, who served as dean of GPPI from 1999 until 2008 and is now a professor, called Sebelius a “great inspiration” for GPPI students in a previous interview with The Cardinal Newman Society. Feder also moderated “A Conversation with Sandra Fluke on Contraception,” held after Fluke became a national spokesman for federally-mandated contraception coverage.
In 2011, GPPI invited pro-abortion rights Senator Mary Ann Landrieu to be the keynote speaker at graduation.
Pro-abortion rights former Senator Byron Dorgan is a visiting professor and serves on the Institute’s advisory board.
McCourt told The Washington Post that the donation “just seemed to me the perfect way for the university to really embrace the future, and do so in a way that capitalized on its core strengths.”
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