University of Missouri president quits after faculty walks out

9 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Protesters win: University of Missouri president resigns.

Wolfe said he hopes his resignation will result in change, noting the “frustration and anger on campus is and clear and real, and I don’t doubt it for a second.” A group of faculty and staff at the University of Missouri were staging a two-day walkout of classes, beginning Monday, in support of students protesting against racist incidents on campus. 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. The complaints came to a head over the weekend when at least 30 black football players announced they would not participate in team activities until Wolfe was removed or stepped down. For months, black student groups have complained of racial slurs and other slights on the overwhelmingly white, 35,000-student flagship campus of the four-college system. 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.

Frustrations flared during a homecoming parade Oct. 10 when black protesters blocked system President Tim Wolfe’s car and he would not get out and talk to them. My administration has been meeting around the clock and has been doing a tremendous amount of reflection on how to address these complex matters.” The president of the Missouri Student Association, Payton Head, sparked a debate over racism on campus as the academic year began: After being called a racial slur a second time, he wrote about it on social media in a post that went viral. A campus group, Concerned Student 1950, which refers to the year the first black student was admitted to the university, has held multiple demonstrations this fall protesting what Missouri graduate student Jonathan L.

Protesters blocked the president’s car during the homecoming parade a few days later; he looked detached and did not engage with them as they shouted. The protests began after the student government president, who is black, said in September that people in a passing pickup truck shouted racial slurs at him. Joining him in calling for Wolfe’s resignation was Assistant House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, the highest-ranking black member of that chamber. Jay Nixon said the university must address the concerns so that the school is “a place where all students can pursue their dreams in an environment of respect, tolerance and inclusion.” U.S. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri graduate, said the governing board needs to “send a clear message” to the students at the Columbia campus that they’ll address racism.

Missouri law allows the group to meet in a private “executive session” to discuss topics including privileged communications with university counsel or personnel matters, the statement said.

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