by Max Brantley
But the debate has raised questions about how, as the university’s growth has outpaced the state of Virginia’s support for it, conservative donors have become increasingly important.Imagine. Billionaires giving huge sums to a public university with strings attached — strings including establishment of academic departments that reliably produce "scholarship" supportive of the philanthropists' point of view or do research that aids their core businesses.
“Public universities are just desperate for money. And if it’s not coming from the state, it has to come from some place,” said David A. Kravitz, a professor of management who sits on the faculty senate. “What’s left is people like the Koch brothers and others, and quite often they provide money that goes toward things that support their interests.”