Opposition not likely to change decision to close UM Press
By Dale Singer, Beacon staff
7:46 am on Thu, 05.31.12
Shouldn’t a university that pays its football coach $2.7 million a year be able to subsidize its university press with $400,000?
That’s the question asked by opponents of the planned shutdown of the University of Missouri Press. Tim Wolfe, president of the university system, said last week that the press did not fit into the school’s main priorities, so it would close down as part of an analysis of the school’s budget in tough financial times.
As word spread of his decision, opposition quickly arose. A Facebook page called “Save the University of MIssouri Press” had more than 800 “likes” as of Wednesday afternoon, with some scathing comments as well some decidedly unscholarly language like “bone-head decision.”