The school will not say if it still has the support of big-time donor Denny Sanford
The applause was crisp and loud two years ago when National University told supporters it was getting a $350 million gift from philanthropist Denny Sanford, and that the money would help the San Diego-based school double enrollment.
It was one of the biggest pledges in the history of higher education. But the celebration might have been premature.
News reports later popped up saying that authorities in South Dakota were investigating whether Sanford had obtained child pornography. National announced that “for the foreseeable future” it was shelving plans to rename the school Sanford National University.
Now, it is unclear whether Sanford, who has homes in La Jolla and Sioux Falls, has or will give National any or all of the money.