Wolfe's resignation comes after students on the campus began a strike calling for him to leave the university

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated November 09, 2015 11:00 AM
Credit: Jeff Roberson/AP

Tim Wolfe has officially resigned from his position as president of the University of Missouri.

The embattled Wolfe made the announcement at a Board of Curators meeting at the Columbia, Missouri, campus on Monday, NBC News reported.

“I am resigning as President of the University of Missouri System,” he said during the meeting. “… This decision comes from love. I love MU, Columbia, where I grew up, and the state of Missouri.”

The exit comes after a student strike against Wolfe garnered national headlines when a group of players on the school’s football team decided to join in.

Wolfe has come under fire for his handling of several recent racial incidents on campus. At least 32 members of the university’s Legion of Black Collegians announced on Saturday that they would be on strike from all football activities until the president resigned or was removed.

“The athletes of color on the University of Missouri football team truly believe ‘Injustice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere,’ ” the post said. “We will no longer participate in any football related activities until President Time Wolfe resigns or is removed due to his negligence toward marginalized students’ experiences. WE ARE UNITED!!!!!”

Wolfe said during the meeting that his resignation was effective immediately and contended that it was “the right thing to do,” NBC reported.

“The question really is, why did we get to this very difficult situation?” Wolfe said on Monday. “It is my belief that we stopped listening to each other.”

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