Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Corporate gatekeepers and big tech monopolists are making it more difficult than ever for independent media to survive. Please chip in today.

One week after a University of Missouri graduate student began a hunger strike calling for his withdrawal, Tim Wolfe resigns as president of the UM system at a meeting Monday morning. (Photo: Justin Stewart/Missourian)

One week after a University of Missouri graduate student began a hunger strike calling for his withdrawal, Tim Wolfe resigns as president of the UM system at a meeting Monday morning. (Photo: Justin Stewart/Missourian)

After School Community Unites Against Campus Racism, President Forced to Resign

University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe steps down in face of criticism over failure to address school's racist culture

Lauren McCauley

University of Missouri system President Tim Wolfe on Monday announced his resignation after a growing movement of University students, staff, and athletes demanded he step down for failing to address a series of bigoted incidents on campus and what they described as the school's "racist culture."

During his address to the UM Board of Curators, Wolfe said he takes full responsibility for the inaction that has occurred and for the campus unrest.

Wolfe's announcement comes two days after black members of the school's prominent football team said they were boycotting all football-related activities until he stepped down. One week prior, University graduate student Jonathan Butler announced he would go on a hunger strike until Wolfe was no longer heading the University system.

"(S)tudents are not able to achieve their full academic potential because of the inequalities and obstacles they face," Butler wrote to the Board of Curators in a letter announcing his strike. "In each of these scenarios, Mr. Wolfe had ample opportunity to create policies and reform that could shift the culture of Mizzou in a positive direction but in each scenario he failed to do so."

Supporters of the Concerned Student 1950 movement—referring to the year the first African American students were admitted to the school—declared Wolfe's resignation proof that "activism works." Other reactions are being shared online under the hashtag #ConcernedStudent1950.

In addition to Wolfe's ouster, the group has submitted a list of demands which include calls to: hire more black faculty and staff, create and enforce a racially inclusive curriculum, and implement a strategic ten year plan to "increase retention rates for marginalized students, sustain diversity curriculum and training, and promote a more safe and inclusive campus."

Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

After Kids Killed in Texas, Dems Declare 'Pass Gun Safety Legislation Now'

"Congress has a moral responsibility to end gun violence now," said Sen. Ed Markey. "To those who refuse to act, there are no excuses. Only complicity and shame."

Jessica Corbett ·

At Least 19 Children, 2 Adults Killed in Texas Elementary School Shooting

"This has become part of who we are as a country," said Julián Castro. "The free availability of guns has not made us safer in the United States or here in the state of Texas."

Brett Wilkins ·

House Dems to Pelosi: Hold Vote for Bill Expanding Social Security

"It is Congress' responsibility to ensure that Social Security's benefits are protected and improved," says a letter to the speaker. "It's time we deliver."

Jessica Corbett ·

Two Years After George Floyd Murder, Biden to Issue Executive Order on Police Reform

"The entire culture and mentality needs to change to bring these words to life, and to save lives," said one civil liberties advocate.

Julia Conley ·

'Wholesale Fraud' in Michigan Governor Race Could Disqualify GOP Candidates

"It looks like the Republican clown car may be losing a few occupants."

Jessica Corbett ·

Common Dreams Logo