Bush Think Tank

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An SMU group has rejected holding a faculty-wide vote on whether the campus should host a think tank as part of George W. Bush's presidential library.

The Faculty Senate defeated a measure calling for a vote or survey.

Some professors offered details after yesterday's meeting -- which was open only to SMU faculty.

Faculty Senate President Rhonda Blair says the measure would have been too narrow.

She says it would have asked professors if they approved or disapproved of the partisan institute that would report to the Bush Foundation -- and not to SMU.

She said the issue could be discussed again at next week's meeting, when the group is to vote on a resolution listing general faculty concerns about the institute.

SMU President Gerald Turner has said the presidential library, museum and institute are a package deal and all three would benefit the school.