Sam Houston State University officials are protesting to a bankruptcy judge that the $1 million donation belonging to its library in Hunstville, Texas, is long overdue. For months, college officials have pointed to the will of former biology professor James D. Long, who left that donation for neighboring Lon Morris College?his alma matter?when he died in March 2009. The will enabled Lon Morris officials to draw small amounts from the donation annually for 50 years but said that if Lon Morris should suddenly collapse, which it did last fall, the money was supposed to be transferred to Sam Houston State , an 18,000-student public college that Dr. Long also attended, according to his obituary . Knowing that Sam Houston State was next in line, college officials skimmed through Lon Morris?s bankruptcy-court documents for a record of the money, but they said that the donation wasn?t listed among the college?s assets. ?It now appears [Lon Morris?s former president and board members] have no idea where or how the money spent,? said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott?s office, which speaks for Sam Houston State in bankruptcy court, in a recent filing. That office watchdogs charitable money within Texas. An attorney for Lon Morris declined to comment. The donated money that remained in Lon Morris?s endowment has created a headache for the attorneys who are methodically unraveling the dead college?s operations. Most of the school?s academic buildings, its dorms and its chapel were sold at auction to an office supply company, and the local public school district bought its gym and pool. Soon after the school collapsed, bankruptcy attorneys said they wanted to dip into some of the college?s $11 million pool of endowment money to pay the college?s http://www.laws-bankruptcy.com/54-if-detroit-opted-for-bankruptcy-experts-say-wouldnt-encourage-others final bills, a move that faced opposition on behalf of those who donated to the endowments in their wills and family trusts. The Texas Methodist Foundation, which handles some of the college?s endowment money, filed a lawsuit in November to protect some of that donated money, arguing that spending it on creditors and lawyer bills ?is not consistent with the charitable intent? of the endowments, according to papers filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tyler, Texas. ?Each of the endowments was created with the intent and the purpose of furthering educational, charitable and religious endeavors of the Methodist Church and Methodism, now known as United Methodist Church,? foundation attorney Patrick Kelley said in the lawsuit. Lon Morris?s bankruptcy attorneys have even had to sell off the rights to royalty payments from oil and natural gas wells that designated the college as a beneficiary, a not uncommon way for Texas oilmen to show charity. Lon Morris got payments from wells http://attorney-in-murrieta.com/more-information/bankruptcy/ in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico, but bankruptcy attorneys can?t be sure that they have records of them all, especially for forgotten wells that aren?t currently pulling resources out of the ground. Lon Morris?s downfall was blamed on administrators who insisted on adding a football team during their overambitious expansion that began a decade ago. School officials grew student enrollment during the recession by offering discounts on its $22,190-a-year tuition. The expansion plan worked?by 2010, the college?s headcount surged to 1,070 students from the 395 students in 2007?but left it without enough student housing or money to pay for operations. College administrators intended to use the school?s bankruptcy case, filed on July 2, 2012, to keep the roughly 1,000-student liberal arts school alive, but they were defeated by a federal rule that automatically takes federal school loans away from bankrupt colleges. Write to Katy Stech at firstname.lastname@example.org . Follow her on Twitter at @KatyStech .