Tuesday's Oklahoma Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of a $50 million bond issue will help state universities make good on their pledges to generous donors.

The state's endowed chairs and professorship program is a great incentive for donors. Money is parked in investments and earnings are used to fund the position.

The donor is told that the state will match their money, making a named chair or professorship affordable for half the cost. But the problem has been that in lean years, the Oklahoma legislature has not fully funded the program. That left university donors and the recipient schools in a predicament.

The lion's share of the money from the bond issue will come to OU. Tuesday's ruling allows universities a belated chance to make good on their promises of a state match.

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