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Utah State University is getting a $1.54 million grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, according to terms of an agreement made public Thursday.
Administrators released details of a gift contract with the school. It comes roughly a week after a protest by students who criticized the conservative organization that has donated to more than 300 campuses nationwide.
The student group formally requested the contract, which is a public record, last Monday. Utah law grants schools and other state agencies 10 days to respond.
The USU donation will be used to hire two tenure-track professors and pay for programs and building costs at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, specifically in its Institute of Political Economy and in Huntsman Hall.
Critics contend the Koch money supports libertarian-leaning programs and professors.
Huntsman Associate Dean Dave Patel disagrees. He said last week that the university's professors represent and invite a range of viewpoints.