Letters to the Editor

University of the Cumberlands violated trust

What a shame that a college founded to benefit the poor of Appalachia became a rich man’s playground.

The generous endowment provided to the University of the Cumberlands by Gatliff Coal Co. has been squandered on administration and neo-Georgian buildings at the expense of local poor students who deserved full scholarships, like at nearby Berea College, which has been true to its mission.

The extensive lands entrusted to the university have been pillaged to benefit friends and family over the years.

Shame on former President James Taylor, who says the school promised to pay his salary for life, the board of trustees and others who turned a blind eye as a great legacy was stolen from all of us.

Derek Douglas

Newcomb, Tenn.

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