Missouri State official at center of racism probe resigns

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – A Missouri State University official at the center of an investigation into racism complaints has resigned.

Ken Coopwood, the vice president of diversity and inclusion, said Monday his resignation would be effective April 30.

The resignation comes less than a week after an independent investigation from “no credible evidence” that the university had discriminated against Coopwood, who was its top black official.

Coopwood said in a news release that he accepted the investigation’s findings but he thought it would be best to pursue other professional opportunities.

The investigation started after an online petition claimed Coopwood had been treated badly by his own staff and was discriminated against by the school’s administration.

Three Springfield attorneys investigated the claims. A report released last week said the investigations found no evidence of discrimination.