Nope - purely political reasons behind it. Nothing financial to gain at all except the funding that Governor Northam and his crew implied could be withheld if VMI did not remove the statuary. He has his agenda and the Former Superintendent did not agree with it, hence his forced resignation last week after Northam's Chief of Staff told him he had to go. That's a whole other argument, though.When determining the reasoning for events that I don’t see a clear logical situation for, my husband says, “follow the money.”
He believes that most of not all of the times such situations are present, there seems to also be a direct correlation to a financial situation at the root.
In this case, I could see decreased alumni donations, reduced applications, loss of revenues and possibly large donations for buildings and infrastructure being withheld because of what could be perceived as an non politically correct stance.
Of course the same can be said of those who appreciate the historical components of VMI and what that history means to so many.
But, it wouldn’t shock me to later learn it came down to financial reasons. And, it’s a real shame that money can be the evil it tends to be.