Tim Wolfe, President of the University of Missouri system, announced that he will step down amid weeks protests, a student hunger strike, and a boycott by the University of Missouri’s football team. Wolf told reporters he hopes his resignation will help the university heal.
“I love MU,” an emotional Wolfe said before explaining his decision to step down.
Despite multiple racially charged incidents at the university, the pressure for Wolfe to reign increased after Jonathan Butler, a graduate student, embarked on a hunger strike to raise awareness about the issues, and the football team said it would not play until Wolfe stepped down.
— Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) November 8, 2015
Students of color at the university have accused Wolfe of not taking their concerns seriously, a point he admitted to during his decision to resign.
“I take full responsibility for this frustration and I take full responsibility for the inaction that has occurred,” Wolfe said, during a press conference. “Use my resignation to heal and start talking again.”
— Jacob Kornhauser (@KornSports) November 9, 2015
Student protesters cheered when news of Wolfe’s decision to step down spread, but many say his resignation is only the beginning.