Harry Reid’s Alma Mater Removes His Name From Building

Posted by: : Paul EbelingPosted on: August 29, 2014 Harry Reid's Alma Mater Removes His Name From Building

Harry Reid’s Alma Mater Removes His Name From Building

Southern Utah University (SUU), where US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went to school, is removing his name from one of its buildings after the city where the college is located got $40,000 in pledges in 5 days from people who wanted his name to come off. 

The Nevada Democrat’s name had been put on the Southere Utah U’s Outdoor Engagement Center to honor the school’s alumnus, President Scott Wyatt said.

Not long after, concerned citizens started meeting with Mr. Wyatt, calling for Sen. Reid’s name to be taken down, and Cedar City Councilman Paul Cozzens said he another others were willing to donate money if the name came down.

Mr. Wyatt said he did not want to do that and risk insulting Sen. Reid, who he believes is due more respect.

Mr. Cozzens said he received the $40,000 in pledges, but Mr. Wyatt said that as Sen. Reid is an alumnus, “he was gracious enough to grant the university the use of his name, and I did not want to offend him in any way.”

So the college president came up with a solution. Sen. Reid’s name is coming down at the Outdoor Engagement Center but will remain on campus on another building, which does not exist yet. 

“We have not received any money yet for that building, so if that happens then it will give us an opportunity to build a Harry Reid Center and to clearly define the purpose of that center,” Mr. Wyatt said.

Sen. Reid’s name also was not bringing in any donations, said Mr. Wyatt. 

“They thought there would be substantial donations from Harry Reid’s friends,” Mr.  Wyatt said. “But there has never been any money donated for that purpose.”

In addition, Mr. Wyatt said that Mr. Reid’s name has never been associated with the outdoors, so the name was confusing for many people and college staff trying to create “a clear brand.”

A new Harry Reid Center will be built if and when donations come in, Mr. Wyatt said, as the Senate leader “has a lot of good qualities that could be used to develop a great program and center.”

Mr. Cozzens said he is concerned Mr. Reid’s name may still get used, but he is happy it is going away for now. He claimed he was approached by people in Nevada who would not support the University if Mr. Reid’s name goes back up anywhere on campus.

“This is a conservative base in Southern Utah and many people in southern Nevada also feel the same way,” Mr. Cozzens said. “These people in Nevada do not espouse to Reid’s political philosophies, and they told me they would not support the university or send any more of their children there, and this was coming from people who had already sent children to SUU, so long as Harry Reid’s name remained.”

Have a terrific weekend.

Paul Ebeling

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Paul Ebeling is best known for his work as writer and publisher of “The Red Roadmaster’s Technical Report” on the US Major Market Indices™, a highly-regarded, weekly financial market letter, where he enjoys an international audience among opinion makers, business leaders, and respected organizations. Something of a pioneer in online stock market and commodities discussion and analysis, Ebeling has been online since 1994. He has studied and worked in the global financial and stock markets since 1984.
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