In reversal, Ball State removes name of Papa John’s founder

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Papa John’s founder and CEO John Schnatter attends a meeting in Louisville, Ky. Schnatter is apologizing after reportedly using a racial slur during a conference call in May 2018. The apology Wednesday, July 11, 2018, comes after Forbes cited an anonymous source saying the pizza […]

Ball State University’s trustees have voted to remove the name of alumnus and Papa John’s founder John Schnatter from a business institute because of his use of a racial slur.

The board voted 8-1 Thursday to remove the name from the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise and return money donated by the Schnatter Family Foundation. The vote came nearly two weeks after the trustees issued a statement Aug. 3 supporting Schnatter .

The Star Press reports board chairman Rick Hall recommended this action during a special meeting in which four trustees were present and five participated by telephone.

The Schnatter Family foundation and the Charles Koch Foundation donated $3.25 million in 2016 to create the institute.

Purdue University and the University of Louisville have taken similar removal steps.

Information from: The Star Press

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