facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

GEO Group withdraws $6 million gift to FAU

April 2, 2013 at 7:50 AM   |   Comments

BOCA RATON, Fla., April 2 (UPI) -- Private prison operator GEO Group has withdrawn a planned $6 million gift to Florida Atlantic University, both sides said.

University spokeswoman Lisa Metcalf sent an email saying the gift, intended to put GEO's name on the school's football stadium, was being withdrawn, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.

GEO Group chairman George Zoley is a two-time FAU alumnus and former chairman of the university's board of trustees.

"What was originally intended as a gesture of GEO's goodwill to financially assist the university's athletic scholarship program has surprisingly evolved into an ongoing distraction to both of our organizations," said Zoley.

Serious criticism of GEO Group's planned gift came from human rights organizations over the company's reputation for housing prisoners in unhealthy conditions.

Monday a coalition of more than 60 civil rights, immigrant, student and faith organizations delivered a letter opposing the gift to the university's president and board of trustees before marching in front of the stadium.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Lorde's song 'Royals' banned by San Francisco radio until World Series Lorde's song 'Royals' banned by San Francisco radio until World Series
2
Ray Rice could return to the NFL within a month Ray Rice could return to the NFL within a month
3
UPI horse racing roundup UPI horse racing roundup
4
Peyton Manning breaks record for most touchdown passes Peyton Manning breaks record for most touchdown passes
5
Seattle news station uses photo of NBA star for Peyton Manning Seattle news station uses photo of NBA star for Peyton Manning
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback