For the second time in a week, a University of Missouri System curator has resigned. The departure of David Steward, who was the lone remaining African-American and non-lawyer on the board, leaves three of nine seats vacant on the board that oversees the four-campus University of Missouri System.
Steward announced the move Monday, just days after the resignation of Yvonne Sparks, who announced her exit last week, less than two months after she was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon.
Steward, the co-founder of St. Louis-based World Wide Technology, said he was stepping down to focus more on his business.
That leaves six white attorneys to oversee the system. The board will continue to contend with issues of race that sparked student protests in Columbia and helped lead to the resignations of UM System President Tim Wolfe and MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.
It could be mid-May at the earliest before any new members join the board.