THE president of the University of Missouri and the chancellor of the flagship campus Monday resigned their positions, following allegation of racial bias.
Tim Wolfe and Bowen Lofton gave in to a key demand of student protesters who said the leadership did not adequately deal with repeated instances of racial and other discrimination on campus.
Wolfe, the school system’s president, made his emotional announcement at a meeting of the school’s governing body at the main campus of the 35,000-student university in the central state of Missouri.
“I take full responsibility for this frustration and I take full responsibility for the inaction that has occurred,” said Wolfe, who also called on students to use his resignation “to heal and start talking again.”
The issue attracted nationwide attention after the student government joined some faculty members and players on the school’s football team in calling for Wolfe’s ouster. Some teachers and students had threatened to walk out over the matter.
University Chancellor, Lofton said he would move on to a new role on the Columbia campus dealing with research.
Many students at the overwhelmingly white campus are upset at racial slurs directed at some black students in recent weeks and a swastika drawn in human waste found in a dormitory bathroom.
Since then, a diverse array of student groups has joined the protest movement, speaking out against alleged acts of discrimination against other racial and sexual minority groups.