Missouri State University official at center of discrimination probe resigns

Less than a week after an independent investigation found “no credible evidence” that Missouri State University discriminated against its top black official, that official has resigned.

Ken Coopwood, the vice president of diversity and inclusion since October 2011, stepped down Monday. The resignation is effective April 30 but he will be on paid leave “with no responsibilities” until that date.

“I agreed to the investigation and actively participated in it,” Coopwood said in a release from the university. “I think that the investigation team took the matter seriously and conducted a thorough investigation. While I accept the investigation and its findings, I have decided that it would be best for me to pursue other professional opportunities.”

He was MSU’s first black vice president and his current pay is $120,402.

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