University of Missouri president resigns over his handling of unsubstantiated racial incidents
The president of the University of Missouri resigned Monday amid escalating protests over racist incidents on campus and how he had responded to students’ concerns.
Tim Wolfe announced Monday morning at a special meeting called by the Board of Curators, the university system’s governing body, that he would step down immediately.
“My motivation in making this decision comes from love,” he said. “I love MU, Colubmia, where I grew up, the state of Missouri.
“This is not the way change should come about,” he said, calling on the community to stop yelling and start listening to one another. But he said, “I take full responsibility for this frustration. I take full responsibility for this inaction.”
Tensions were high on campus Monday — with a student on a hunger strike, others camped out in solidarity, faculty members canceling classes and members of the football team threatening to boycott the rest of the season. In the morning, the MU undergraduate student government association formally called for the removal of the university’s president.
The Missouri Students Association released a letter on Twitter decrying the administration’s silence after the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, a black man, by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., and said Tim Wolfe, the president of the University of Missouri system, had “enabled a system of racism” on the Columbia campus and had failed the students.