Just hours after the apologetic resignation of University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe, the small Black Lives Matter-influenced activist group #ConcernedStudents1950 got another major scalp, as Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced he was resigning, effective at the end of year, and “transitioning” to another role.
Earlier in the day, Roll Call reporter Eli Yokley reported that “word on the street” was that Wolfe wanted Loftin to resign.
word on the street: @UMPrez doesn't want to leave unless #Mizzou Chancellor Loftin goes, too. #ConcernedStudent1950
— Eli Yokley (@eyokley) November 9, 2015
Although removing Loftin was not one of #ConcernedStudent1950’s demands, he had been the focus of complaints by #ConcernedStudent1950, so the group’s supporters wasted no time in claiming victory.
Wolfe gone and Loftin leaving too? NO ONE CAN TELL ME PRAYER DOESN'T WORK. #ConcernedStudent1950
— SPARKSwillFLY. (@SymonneSPARKS) November 9, 2015
The resignation of Loftin came even after he had met with students at the tent city they’d erected on campus.
Chancellor Loftin visitng #ConcernedStudent1950, "to make sure they have what they need." @TheManeater pic.twitter.com/oH2eM0kcc9
— Elane Edwards (@ElaneEd_words) November 8, 2015
Covering the #ConcernedStudent1950 walkout at the Student Center where Chancellor Loftin has shown up. @TheManeater pic.twitter.com/XMBZv7sDZJ
— Tessa Weinberg (@Tessa_Weinberg) November 5, 2015
As the Columbus Daily Tribune reported, however, there were other complaints against Loftin since he took over the Chancellor role in February, 2014. Nine deans had written a letter calling after for Loftin’s ouster after meeting with him in early October:
The deans said Loftin has shown failed leadership through a number of instances, including the elimination and eventual reinstatement of graduate assistant health insurance and the elimination of the vice chancellor for health sciences position. The deans claim Loftin created a “toxic environment through threat, fear and intimidation.”
“It is imperative to take immediate action to begin the process of resolving the issues and improving the environment,” they wrote.
On Sunday, faculty members of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures sent a letter to the Curators saying they had no confidence in Loftin’s leadership. The letter said 28 faculty members in the department expressed no confidence in Loftin; two abstained from the vote.
The dual resignations show the sway that the leftist protesters held over the University of Missouri’s administration after Black Lives matter-inspired activists led to black players from the University of Missouri football team announcing a strike this weekend.
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