Southern Methodist University Wins Land Lease Approval for George W. Bush Library

A Methodist council on Wednesday gave approval for Southern Methodist University to lease land for George W. Bush's presidential library.

The South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church voted 10-4, with one member abstaining. The group must approve leasing any land already in use by the school, and the proposed 36-acre site on the southeast side of campus contains some dorms and a parking lot.

In his presentation to the council at a Dallas hotel, SMU President R. Gerald Turner said the library, museum and Bush institute may be built on one of two sites in the area. He said plans are not finalized, so "that's why we're not asking for one or the other (parcel)."