Nancy Reagan to University: Thanks But No Thanks
Friday, April 30, 2004
DENVER, Colo. — Nancy Reagan (search) is just saying no to the idea of a Ronald Reagan University (search) in Colorado.
Organizers wanted to name a proposed 10,000-student university after the former president, but his wife issued a statement Thursday effectively killing the idea.
"We do not support the creation of a separate university," she said.
Federal law gives former presidents or their spouses final say over the use of the president's name as long as either is alive, said Terry Walker, the founding president of the university.
Nancy Reagan said she appreciated the founders' intentions but suggested that Reagan supporters focus on the education program at the Reagan Presidential Library (search) in Simi Valley, California.
Colorado Springs businessman Steve Schuck had offered to donate land for the university, but said Thursday he didn't know whether his offer would stand without the Reagan name.
Walker said he forwarded a formal proposal to Nancy Reagan last week; his request for a meeting was turned down. He said he had spent five months searching for a family representative.
Ronald Reagan, 93, has remained in seclusion since disclosing nearly a decade ago that he has Alzheimer's (search) disease.
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*Stolen from AnthonyR on 5/21/09
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