Tim Wolfe has resigned amid mounting tension on University of Missouri-Columbia’s campus. Wolfe announced his resignation at an emergency meeting of the UM System Board of Curators.
This brings to an end MU graduate student Jonathan Butler’s hunger strike. Butler started the strike on November 2, saying he would only end it after Wolfe’s resignation. According to Butler, Wolfe failed to act on racism after several prominent incidents on campus, including a swastika drawn in human feces on the wall of a dormitory. Butler was not the only student opposing Wolfe. On Saturday, players on the football team announced that it would refuse to practice or play until Wolfe resigned.
The Missourian described Wolfe at the meeting as “contrite.”
“My motivation in making this decision comes from love,” Wolfe said.
In an e-mail sent out to students and faculty, UMKC officials expressed concern “for the heath and welfare of all students in the UM System, especially Jonathan Butler, whose efforts have helped gain national and international attention for this issue.”
Wolfe became UM president in 2012. He is a Columbia native and graduated from Mizzou with a business degree.