On Monday, forced out amid criticisms, the president of the University of Missouri system resigned after weeks of escalating student protests and the threat of a football team boycott that he had done too little to address racism as well as other awful events on campus.
Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin — who oversees the university’s main campus in Columbia, Mo. — also will step down, the university system’s governing body, the Board of Curators, declared Monday evening. Loftin intends go to another job inside the university as manager and to leave his place at the year’s ending.
The unseating of two of the university’s top leaders was a swift success for student activists, who had been railing against what they see as a divisive racial climate on the campus that is midwestern. They’ve accused Missouri’s president, Tim Wolfe, of not addressing racist and bigoted incidents this academic year, including when the undergraduate student body president was called the n-word, when a white student scaled onto a stage and yelled slurs as a black group rehearsed a skit, and more recently when a swastika was drawn on a wall with human feces.