After nationally-watched protests over race relations and the departure of key officials, the leaders of the University of Missouri system promised lawmakers that change is on the way during a two-hour legislative committee hearing Wednesday night.
Lawmakers heard testimony from interim University of Missouri system President Mike Middleton, interim University of Missouri-Columbia Chancellor Hank Foley and University of Missouri Board of Curators President Pam Hendrickson.
But legislators on the Joint Committee on Education questioned whether the four-campus system’s direction was truly righted – especially since controversial professor Melissa Click is still employed at Mizzou.
Several lawmakers also questioned how MU leaders plan to address a list of demands from student activist group Concerned Student 1950. Middleton repeatedly asked for the committee to “give us time,” pointing out that MU has taken steps to improve the racial climate on campus.
The hearing came after a string of high-profile controversies befell the state’s flagship campus last fall.