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$10M gift from Koch brothers rejected by N.Y. college over ‘political correctness’

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Brooklyn College reportedly turned down an $10 million grant from the Koch brothers, and one professor at the CUNY college says it's because of politics.

"It's political correctness. It's intolerance about anyone who doesn't toe the left-wing line," said Mitchell Langbert, the associate professor of business and deputy chairman for business at Brooklyn College, the New York Post reported.

The professor is so livid that the university would turn down the successful businessmen that he wrote a letter to the state Senate Education Committee saying, "The Charles G. Koch Foundation has repeatedly called Brooklyn College and me personally with an offer of as much as a $10 million grant. … This grant would have been considerably larger than any that I have seen in my nearly quarter-century of teaching."

Mr. Langbert said the decision to reject the $10 million grant was made by CUNY School of Business Dean William Hopkins, the Post reported.

"I have never seen a dean not interested in a $10,000 grant, much less a $10 million one," Mr. Langbert said.

School spokesman Jason Carey told the paper, "We have neither received an offer from, nor submitted a proposal to the Koch Foundation at this time for the business school."

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