Former UM president Wolfe blames school and state officials in confidential note

In a letter to a group of prominent supporters, former University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe criticized several high-ranking university and state officials for “unconscionable behaviors” that led to his resignation in November.

Wolfe stepped down Nov. 9 amid growing unrest over his handling of race issues on campus. In the letter, dated Jan. 19 and labeled confidential but published by multiple outlets on Wednesday, Wolfe blasted the UM System’s curators, former University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin, MU athletic director Mack Rhoades and former MU football coach Gary Pinkel.

Wolfe said curators tried to “dig up dirt” and “further personal agendas.” He accused Loftin of inadequately handling his own job and then redirecting the anger of student protestors toward Wolfe. He wrote that Rhoades and Pinkel “threw gasoline on a small fire” by backing football players who boycotted and called for Wolfe’s resignation.

Wolfe also accused Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, of exerting inappropriate pressure on the president regarding personnel decisions, and of working with Loftin to plan the former chancellor’s testimony before a Senate committee.

Loftin and Schaefer on Wednesday both denied Wolfe’s accusations.

Wolfe made clear in the letter he wants additional compensation as part of his departure from the university. He also said the school stands to lose significant revenue after last fall’s unrest due to decreased enrollment and the potential loss of state funding.

Read more: Columbia Missourian


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