- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

CULLOWHEE, N.C. (AP) - Western Carolina University’s Board of Trustees has approved the creation of a center on free enterprise funded by the Charles Koch Foundation, despite faculty members’ opposition to the organization’s conservative ties.

A university spokesman says the board voted unanimously Friday to approve the WCU Center for the Study of Free Enterprise.

Media outlets report the university hopes to receive $2 million over five years from the Charles Koch Foundation, established by billionaire businessman Charles Koch. He and brother David Koch are known for pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into backing conservatives and libertarian causes.

Economics professor Edward Lopez, who is expected to lead the center, says the foundation has not yet agreed to provide the money for it.

The university’s Faculty Senate voted 21-3 this fall against the center.

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