( 4UMF NEWS ) University Of Missouri President Resigns:
University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe resigned Monday morning after a parade of protests over racial tensions at the school — including a football team mutiny, a hunger strike and a planned faculty walkout.
“It’s the right thing to do,” a shaken Wolfe said at a press conference.
“My decision to resign comes out of love, not hate.”
He said he took “full responsibility” for racial conflicts brewing at the school, and urged the campus community to “use my resignation to heal and start talking again.”
Minutes after Wolfe’s ouster, graduate student Jonathan Butler announced the end of his week-long hunger strike protesting the president.
“The #MizzouHungerStrike is officially over!” Butler, who is black, tweeted. “This is only the first step! More change is to come!!”
He told CNN he hoped the school’s governing board would now pay more attention to minority voices on campus.
Other students joined in rejoicing Wolfe’s retreat with campus celebrations, and even Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon supported Wolfe’s leave, calling it “a necessary step toward healing and reconciliation.”
White House press secretary Josh Earnest commended the student movements in an afternoon press conference.
“That commitment to unity, to equality and justice is one that I think the people of Missouri and the Mizzou community can be proud of,” he said.
“A few people speaking out can have a profound impact on the communities where we live and work…I think it does reflect the way we want the young people of this country to advocate for themselves and for their society.”
He said the Department of Justice will have to work with local law enforcement to decide if it will investigate the school for hate crimes.
Wolfe joined the University of Missouri in 2012, and school officials credited him with boosting enrollment and donations. Last year, the school’s governing Board of Curators extended his contract through June 2018, according to the Maneater student newspaper.
His resignation came ahead of a scheduled faculty walkout, which English professor Elisa Glick announced in an email late Sunday night. Glick said faculty would leave class Monday and Tuesday to host “teach in” talks with frustrated students on campus.
Wolfe met with two Board of Curators members late Sunday night, and was seen leaving his office after 1 a.m. The embattled president met with the full board shortly before announcing his exit.
His resignation came days after accusations about the flagship school’s alleged lax reaction to campus racism escalated into full-on dissent.