Former Missouri System President Criticizes School Leaders

COLUMBIA, Mo. ― Former University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe is criticizing most officials involved in turmoil at the university’s Columbia campus last year that led to his resignation.

The Columbia Daily Tribune obtained an email Wolfe sent to friends after he resigned Nov. 9 following protests aimed mostly at his handling of racial issues on campus.

He says the university is “under attack” by the Missouri Legislature, particularly Sen. Kurt Schaefer, and its Board of Curators is “frozen” in response to the pressure.

Wolfe also criticized former Columbia campus Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, who also resigned, as well as athletic department officials and interim President Mike Middleton.

He asked his supporters to pressure the curators to sweeten a financial package for him that is still being negotiated with the university.