By Lori Dresner, Managing Editor/News Editor
The University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned from his position the morning of November 9 after ensuing racial tensions and controversy on Mizzou’s campus. Wolfe announced his resignation at 10 a.m. at a UM Board of Curators Meeting. His resignation comes after an eight-day hunger strike by Mizzou graduate student Jonathan Butler, and other boycotts and protests by students, football players, and Concerned Student 1950, an organization that is named for the year the first African-American student was accepted at the university.
University of Missouri—St. Louis Chancellor Thomas George released a statement to the UMSL community, saying in part, “The resignation of Tim Wolfe as president of the University of Missouri System this morning was sudden, but the issues surrounding it are not. We live in a greater society that continues to wrestle with systemic racism, social justice and equal opportunity… I think it best at this point to accept President Wolfe’s resignation as an opportunity to talk more – and louder – about longstanding issues … bringing about positive change at UMSL and influencing change in the larger community.”
Later in the day Mizzou Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced his resignation, effective January 1. Nine deans had called for his resignation. He will become the director for research facility development. Loftin became the Mizzou’s Chancellor in February 2014.
A full story will be written for The Current next week.