UM curators meet to begin search for new system president

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Curators for the University of Missouri will meet Wednesday to discuss finding a new system president.

Tim Wolfe resigned in November after protests he hadn't done enough to fix racial issues on campus.

The new system president will overlook four campuses including, Mizzou and UMKC in Kansas City. The goal is to have the permanent president in place by this fall.

Students hope a new president will bring some closure after the events which took place this last year.

One of the challenges the new system president will face is a drop in enrollment for this fall. According to the office of enrollment management, applications for incoming freshman are down by almost five percent compared to last fall. There has also been a 19 percent drop in African-American students applying to Mizzou. The majority of the drop is occurring among out-of-state students.

In addition to the decrease in enrollment numbers, the new system president is also working against a drop in school donations. School leaders say donations are down nearly $2-million.

The unrest started in October with complaints of race relations happening on the campus. In early November, grad student Jonathan Butler decided to stage a hunger strike. This was followed by members of the football team reusing to play. University president, Tim Wolfe, resigned, the next day.

The goal of Wednesday’s meeting is to select members for the search committee, which will be done during an open session at the Marriott Kansas City airport hotel. This will be followed by a closed session where the board will interview potential search firms.

Board of Curators Meeting
Public Session
8:30 a.m.
Marriott Kansas City Airport Hotel