Timothy Wolfe, the president of University of Missouri system has resigned today after months of racial tension that has gripped its flagship Columbia campus.
In light of a series of racial incidents on campus, a student last week started a hunger strike that eventually led to 30 players of its football team, the Missouri Tigers, to threaten to sit out of the season unless Wolfe resigns.
The move by the group of football players would have cost the school $1 million per game unplayed.
Wolfe’s resignation comes amid a wave of protests happening on the campus of Yale University, where students have charged administrators for not doing enough to make the Ivy League school a more hospitable place for minority students.
Aaron Reiss, Missouri football beat writer for the Columbia Missourian
Scott Jaschik, an editor at Inside Higher Ed, a publication devoted to covering college education. One of his latest stories look at simmering racial tension at both the University of Missouri and at Yale University