Missouri president Tim Wolfe resigns amid student criticism of his handling of racial issues

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John Barr discusses the resignation of University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe and what must be an emotional time for Missouri graduate student Jonathan Butler, who began a hunger strike last Monday, calling for Wolfe to step down. (1:08)

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The president of the University of Missouri system resigned Monday amid criticism of his handling of student complaints about race and discrimination.

President Tim Wolfe said Monday that his resignation is effective immediately. The announcement came at a special meeting of the university system's governing body, the Board of Curators.

"I take full responsibility for the actions that have occurred," Wolfe said. "I have asked everybody to use my resignation to heal. Let's focus in changing what we can change today and in the future, not what we can't change in the past."

Graduate student Jonathan Butler began a hunger strike last Monday, saying Wolfe should step down after failing to respond to student concerns about racial tension. Butler, appearing on CNN in the wake of Wolfe's resignation, said his strike is over.

"This is a great first step towards change," Butler said.

The complaints came to a head over the weekend, when at least 30 black football players announced they would not participate in team activities until Wolfe was removed or stepped down.

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