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    Ronald Reagan Foundation Severs Ties with California Lutheran University

    Eric W. Rose [email protected]

    Thousand Oaks, October 26, 2022–  The Ronald Reagan Presidential Institute and Foundation (RRPIF) terminated a fellowship program it sponsored at California Lutheran University (CLU) that funded scholarships for students entering the Master of Public Policy and Administration at the school.

    The Reagan-Gallegly Fellowship Program, which the Reagan Foundation created in support of the Elton and Janice Gallegly Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement (Gallegly Center) at CLU, has funded numerous scholarships since its creation and expanded opportunities at the Reagan Presidential Library for those students to further their studies.

    In November 2021, former Congressman Elton Gallegly filed a 66-page lawsuit in Ventura County Superior Court for breach of contract against Cal Lutheran University (CLU) for failing to fully establish the Elton and Janice Gallegly Center For Public Service and Civic Engagement.

    Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, the RRPIF warned California Lutheran University that if it continued to make “unilateral decisions” which negatively affected the Gallegly Center, including disbanding the Advisory Committee and undertaking steps which were “clearly contrary to the mission goals and vision of the Gallegly Center’s Founder, Elton Gallegly” then the Reagan Foundation would have no other choice than to end the fellowship program.  Despite the RRPIF warning, CLU continued to take adverse actions against the Gallegly Foundation.

    Congressman Gallegly, Ventura County’s longest-serving member in the House of Representatives, issued the following statement. “The decisions by Cal Lutheran President Lori Varlotta have now cost students a prestigious fellowship, jeopardized CLU’s relationship with the Reagan Foundation and Reagan Presidential Library, and damaged the reputation of CLU in the community of Ventura County. It is not surprising that the Presidential Foundation withdrew from its pledge, given the University’s numerous violations of the 2013 agreement to establish the Gallegly Center at the University that included an exact working replica of my D.C. Congressional Office and the digital archiving of my congressional records.”

    In January, President Varlotta dismantled the replica office designated the “HUB” of the Gallegly Center by the former President. The University has refused to digitize the archives after approval by the University to sign the contract with Heritage Werks to digitally archive 26 years of his congressional records and make them available on the internet under the agreement. The former Congressman and his wife Janice have raised more than $1 million for the Center.


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