Mizzou protests

At Heartfelt Reception, MU Provost Stokes Bids Farewell to University

Jan 31, 2018

 

It was standing room only Tuesday afternoon for most of the nearly 200 faculty, staff and students that packed into Stotler Lounge at Memorial Student Union to say goodbye to MU’s provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, Garnett Stokes.

Stokes, who served as provost for three years, and briefly as interim chancellor over the summer, is leaving MU at the end of this week for the University of New Mexico, where she will become the school’s first female president.

“You can actually see how popular Garnett is,” said MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright. “We have way more people than we have chairs.”

The New York Times reports on the dramatic decline in enrollment at Mizzou in the wake of student protests.  A current student leader cries foul while right-wing media gleefully share the story.  Is there enough context?