The University of Missouri’s president, Tim Wolfe, resigned Monday morning in the face of a walkout by faculty and a strike by football players that was started by black students at the school who had argued that he had not done enough to combat racism on campus.
President Wolfe made the announcement that he was stepping down at a special Board of Curators meeting Monday morning.
“I am resigning as president of the University Missouri system,” he said. “My motivation in making this decision comes from a love of Columbia where I grew up and the state of Missouri. I thought and prayed over this decision. It is the right thing to do … The frustration and anger I see is real and I don’t doubt it for a second.”
Up until this point many members of the school’s football team had announced it would boycott team activities, the faculty had issued a statement announcing plans for a walkout and Jonathan Butler, a grad student and one of the leaders of the protest had gone on a multiple day hunger strike calling for Wolfe’s removal.
Jonathan Butler announced via Twitter that his hunger strike was officially over.
“I take full responsibility for what has occurred,” Wolfe said.
Congratulations to the students at the school for coming together and making their voices heard. Take a look at the video below to see the resignation speech.
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