Columbia Campus Chief Promises Recovery as Former MU Prez Blasts Leadership
January 27, 2016

The interim chancellor of the University of Missouri- Columbia admitted the schools recent past has been “painful”, but promised the Columbia campus’s would recover.

” I know full well that what has happened here at Mizzou has shaken you. It’s shaken you deeply,” Interim Hank Foley said during his ‘ State of the University’ speech Wednesday afternoon.

Foley said the campus must change its culture to be more inclusive.

The MU campus in Columbia was stunned by student protests last November.

African American students said they did not feel safe on campus or even in the town of Columbia.

The protests drew national headlines when the school’s football team threatened a strike in alliance with the protesters.

The turmoil forced the resignation of the Columbia chancellor and the university president Tim Wolf.

Wednesday, the Columbia Tribune reported on an e-mail from Wolf.
He criticizes the school he once led.

“The University of Missouri is under attack and the leadership from the Board ( of Curators) on down is frozen”.

Wolf also said the alliance of the football team made matters worse, not better.

Foley did not take questions about Wolf’s remarks after he finished his speech.

Foley said MU needs to adapt to survive.

He asked students, employees, alums and Missouri residents for patience.

“I can’t rewind the tape. I can only keep pushing us forward. But I can assure you, we will recover,” he said.

Foley also announced graduate student teachers at MU would keep their current health care for one more year.

Those students would also receive raises over two year increasing their pay from $12,000 a year to $18,000.

Grad student complaints about the loss of thief insurance was one of the elements that sparked some of the protests last year.

Wolf Resigns at MU
November 9, 2015

(AP) – The president of the University of Missouri system stepped down Monday amid criticism of his handling of student complaints about race and discrimination.

President Tim Wolfe said his resignation was effective immediately. He made the announcement at the start of what had been expected to be a lengthy closed-door meeting of the school’s governing board. He largely pre-empted that session in a halting statement that was simultaneously apologetic, clumsy and defiant.

“This is not the way change comes about,” he said, alluding to recent protests. “We stopped listening to each other.”

He urged students, faculty and staff to “use my resignation to heal and start talking again to make the changes necessary.”

A poor audio feed for the one board member who was attending the meeting via conference call left Wolfe standing awkwardly at the podium for nearly three minutes after only being able to read the first sentence of his statement.

The race complaints came to a head over the weekend when at least 30 black football players announced they would not participate in team activities until Wolfe was gone.

For months, black student groups have complained of racial slurs and other slights on the overwhelmingly white flagship campus of the state’s four-college system. Frustrations flared during a homecoming parade Oct. 10 when black protesters blocked Wolfe’s car, and he did not get out and talk to them. They were removed by police.

Black members of the football team joined the outcry on Saturday night. By Sunday, a campus sit-in had grown in size, graduate student groups planned walkouts and politicians began to weigh in.

Until Monday, Wolfe did not indicate that he had any intention of stepping down. He agreed in a statement issued Sunday that “change is needed” and said the university was working to draw up a plan by April to promote diversity and tolerance.