The Mizzou Meltdown: How a President Lost Control
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As a faculty member of the four campus University of Missouri system, I watched with a mixture of amazement and horror at the events that unfolded over the course of several months during the 2015-2016 academic year. During that period, a relatively small group of student protestors at University of Missouri-Columbia (“Mizzou”) forced the resignation of UM President Tim Wolfe as well as Mizzou Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin.
Perhaps I was amazed because never before had so few students been able to get so many college administrators to display so much cowardice over so little provocation. The Mizzou protests not only intimidated the highest echelon of Missouri academic leadership into submission, but also emboldened the radical Left to hold campuses hostage to threats of disruption all across the country, in a chain reaction that eventually encompassed both elite private universities and large public ones.1Perhaps I was horrified because never before had we seen quite this combination of...