The controversy over Tim Wolfe and his $459,000-per-year salary, as reported by the Inquisitr, grew to a fever pitch when some students at the University of Missouri System charged Wolfe with not doing enough over several racist incidents that happened at the school. According to USA Today, Tim has resigned from his position, as seen in the video below.
“I’m resigning as president of the University of Missouri System. I love Columbia, where I grew up, the state of Missouri.”
Wolfe described his feelings over resigning, hoping that his resignation will be used by others to heal — and not focus on the things that can’t be changed, which are things that happened in the past.
“I’ve thought and prayed about this decision and it’s the right thing to do. To the faculty and staff who’ve expressed their frustration, it’s real. To my friends and supporters who’ve sent so many calls and texts, I understand you may be frustrated as well. I take full responsibility for the inaction that’s occurred. Use my resignation to heal and start talking again…to make the changes necessary in the future. I truly love everybody here and my decision to resign comes out of love, not hate.”
That’s when Tim began to cry in speaking about a Scripture from the Bible that his daughter brought to mind, which he read aloud.
“I’d like to read some Scripture that’s given me strength. I hope it provides you with some strength as well as we think about what’s next. I have to also give credit to my daughter for reminding me of the Scripture. Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
The melee began, and a hunger strike — highlighted by the hashtag #MizzouHungerStrike — was made popular by Jonathan Butler. According to Newsweek, Butler has ended his hunger strike now that Wolfe has announced his resignation.
The hashtag #WolfeGottaGo on Twitter was another hashtag that caused buzz. Perhaps it was the fact that the University of Missouri System football players went on strike until Wolfe resigned, as reported ESPN, that helped Wolfe make the final decision to quit his post — along with the hunger strike. College football games are known to be big moneymakers for universities, and with so much pressure put on the school’s head to address the cries of racism coming across social media and beyond, Wolfe was pressured to respond to cries of inaction.
A segment of the University of Missouri System students described racist incidents on campus that they say Wolfe didn’t address in a caring way. The president of the University of Missouri System was charged with not addressing the hate and fear felt by those who say they saw a swastika in excrement scrawled on a dorm wall.
There were also reports of black students being called the N-word on the University of Missouri System campus. When African-American students protested racial incidents, Wolfe reportedly had them removed, instead of addressing their concerns in an outright and more loving manner.
With Wolfe commanding such a high salary for the 2014-2015 school year — a UM job that was $459,000 per year, as reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch — Tim was expected to command his presidential post at the University of Missouri System in a way that addressed the needs of all his students. Wolfe was criticized for not living up to the job by letting racial incidents slide, and as such, protests were launched to have Wolfe step down from his post.
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