Thunderbird community split by school's plan

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Twenty years ago, Merle Hinrich flew out from Asia to dedicate a new library at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, the graduate school from which he earned a master’s degree in 1965.

A gift of more than $1 million by the Nebraska native turned Hong Kong businessman was instrumental in completing the facility at the heart of the Glendale campus.

“It is an exciting project,” Hinrich said at the time, referring to the library bearing his name. “I’m pleased to be a part of it.”

Now, he’s not so sure.

Hinrich and several other prominent alumni and former trustees are in open revolt against the school’s management and board of trustees — and bitterly opposed to a venture with Baltimore-based Laureate Education, the corporate successor to the Sylvan Learning Systems tutoring service.

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