The has announced a $26.5 million gift from business executive and attorney Hugh F. Culverhouse, Jr. in support of its .
The commitment includes a $1.5 million gift made in 2017 to create the Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. Endowed Chair in Constitutional Law and a new $25 million gift over four years to establish the Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. School of Law Endowment for Excellence. The largest gift in the university's 187-year history will enable the law school to develop innovative programming, expand its physical footprint, increase scholarship support and provide additional educational and career opportunities for students, and support a twenty-first-century law library, said UA School of Law dean Mark E. Brandon. In recognition of the gift — more than $11.5 million of which has already been received — the law school will be renamed the Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. School of Law at the University of Alabama.
"This transformative gift by Hugh Culverhouse leaves an indelible mark on UA's School of Law and will greatly impact our law students for generations to come," said UA president Stuart R. Bell. "We are particularly grateful for Hugh's decision to fund this gift with an accelerated timetable. That certainly enhances the impact of the gift. We deeply appreciate Hugh's ongoing commitment to the University of Alabama."
"The University of Alabama law school is one of the finest in the country," said Culverhouse, CEO and owner of Palmer Ranch Holdings and principal in Culverhouse Limited Partnerships, who, with his wife, Eliza, has committed more than $35 million to UA over the past decade. "It is my hope this gift helps bright and talented young people pursuing a career in the law reach their full potential. Eliza and I are passionate about students and can think of no better investment than helping the students at the UA School of Law. Additionally, we hope our giving inspires others to support the university. There is no better investment than in the future of our young people."