After racial tensions on the campus of the University of Missouri took a turn for the worse, the student government as well as faculty threatened a walk out if the current president, Tim Wolfe, did not step down. Even the football team went on strike in response to the lack of action on the president’s part when it came to racism against the African-American student body. The president was expected address the protests and the increase of racism on the campus Monday afternoon, however he decided to announce his resignation instead.
“I am resigning as president of the University Missouri system.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.”
It’s been said that Wolfe will transition to a different role on the Colombia campus. The resignation comes in the midst of several universities dealing with racial incidents that have sparked outrage among the student body and faculty. The student body only wants one thing and that’s protection and equal treatment for ALL students.
As of Tuesday, the football team had resumed training. Any game cancellations would have cost the university upwards of $1 million.