University of Missouri System president resigns amid criticism of handling of racial issues

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — University of Missouri System president resigns amid criticism of handling of racial issues.

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe says he hopes the school community uses his resignation as a way to "move forward together."

Wolfe said Monday at a special meeting of the system's governing board that he takes "full responsibility for the frustration" students had expressed regarding racial issues and that it "is clear" and "real."

Black student groups have been complaining for months about racial slurs and other slights on the system's overwhelmingly white flagship campus in Columbia. Their efforts got a boost over the weekend when 30 black football players announced they wouldn't participate in team activities until Wolfe was removed.