University of Missouri president resigns over racial tensions
COLUMBIA, Mo.- The president of the University of Missouri System says he is resigning amid student criticism of his handling of racial issues.
President Tim Wolfe said Monday that his resignation is effective immediately.
The announcement came at a special meeting of the university system's governing body, the Board of Curators.
Black student groups have been complaining for months about racial slurs and other slights on the system's overwhelmingly white flagship campus in Columbia. University of Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler also went on a week-long hunger strike, ending it when Wolfe resigned.
The efforts also got a boost over the weekend when 30 black football players announced they wouldn't participate in team activities until Wolfe was removed. Athletics Director Mack Rhoades and head football coach Gary Pinkel said in a joint statement the team will resume practicing Tuesday, as it typically does.