SMU's president says building George W. Bush's presidential library will increase the school's visibility nationwide.
R. Gerald Turner also says the library will lead to debate for professors and spur economic development in the city.
At the spring faculty meeting last night, Turner said concerns recently raised about the library's public policy institute are unfounded. A foundation independent of SMU would run the think tank, while scholars studying there would be jointly appointed and under the control of the school.
SMU is the front-runner to land the library. It is also first lady Laura Bush's alma mater.
Some professors have raised concerns about the library - everything from whether it would be a terrorist target to if it would hurt fund-raising.