In addition to the news that Louisville removed Papa John’s from the football stadium name, the University of Kentucky is removing John Schnatter’s name from the university’s college of business.
Both the university and the John H. Schnatter Foundation agreed to remove Schatter’s name. Both parties released separate statements.
“We appreciate Mr. Schnatter’s understanding that his unacceptable language is contrary to the values of the University of Kentucky,” University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said. “We believe in his sincerity to try to make amends. But attempting to continue any financial relationship with Mr. Schnatter would be a painful and unnecessary barrier to our efforts of building a community where everyone is welcome and belongs. Therefore, we will be continuing the important work of the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise, but neither the Gatton College of Business and Economics nor the Institute will recognize Mr. Schnatter in any way.”
— Eli Capilouto (@UKYpres) July 13, 2018
The John H Schnatter Family Foundation issued the following statement.
“When we started working with the University of Kentucky to create the John H. Schnatter Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise in 2015, our focus was, and remains to this day, the students, who benefit from understanding the role free markets play in the economy and society. Based on recent events, the University feels that Mr. Schnatter’s involvement with this program could be a distraction to students and scholars. With that in mind, we have mutually agreed to end our partnership with the University.”