Donations drop following unrest at University of Missouri

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COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 9: Jonathan Butler, a University of Missouri grad student who did a 7 day hunger strike is greeted by the crowd of students on the campus of University of Missouri - Columbia on November 9, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. Students celebrate the resignation of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe amid allegations of racism. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A University of Missouri official says about $2 million in donations have been lost in fallout from the Columbia campus unrest last fall.

Vice Chancellor for Advancement Tom Hiles said Thursday that several donors who had pledged money to the university have pulled back their pledges. He says most of the lost donations were from seven to 10 donors.

Simmering tensions came to a head in November protests over what student activists saw as administrators’ indifference to racial problems at the Columbia campus. Protesters were backed by some members of the football team, who threatened to strike. University system President Tim Wolfe and Columbia campus chancellor R. Bowen Loftin both resigned their posts at the height of the unrest.