Texas Southern University and broadcaster Tavis Smiley have been at odds for years over funding he promised to provide. The University upped the ante Friday when it made the decision to drop his name from their school of communications.
The school created the ‘Tavis Smiley School of Communication’ in his honor after he pledged to donate $1 million to the institution and later raise another $1million in funds. He fell short of his promise however and TSU decided to retaliate.
According to The Houston Chronicle, TSU President John Rudley sent Tavis a letter stating,
“Because you did not fulfill your original commitment to our partnership, TSU plans to treat the partnership as being at an end. TSU will therefore remove your name from the School of Communication and the KTSU Radio facility to allow us to provide other major donors with the naming opportunity.”
To which he responded saying,
“I understand your letter to say that you don’t want that gift. I … will continue with my benevolence where it’s appreciated.”
Smiley made a $50,000 donation in 2005 and raised $250,000 from corporate sponsors.
What’s that saying about writing checks your A$$ can’t cash?…..hmmmm