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.
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.
“We formally demand the removal of system president Tim Wolfe,” the letter says.
“Racism does exist at our university, and it is unacceptable,” Wolfe said in a statement circulated last week. “It is a long-standing, systemic problem which daily affects our family of students, faculty and staff. I am sorry this is the case.”
Wolfe did not publicly address his job status Sunday but did concede in a new statement that dialogue is needed at Missouri, the state’s largest school with an enrollment of more 35,000.
“It is clear to all of us that change is needed,” Wolfe said in a statement, “and we appreciate the thoughtfulness and passion which have gone into the sharing of concerns. My administration has been meeting around the clock and has been doing a tremendous amount of reflection on how to address these complex matters.”
SOURCE: Susan Svrluga
The Washington Post