M.U. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin held his first news conference since starting his new job 2 weeks ago.
Loftin gave his reaction to football player Michael Samâ??s coming out.
Loftin said, â??This is Michaelâ??s story. I think it very clear that this is a very supportive community. So many people knew about him before he made this announcement. I think the interesting thing is there was no news. It was simply treated as a private thing that is very normal.â??
Loftin supports the curatorsâ?? decision to hire an outside firm in the investigation involving former Mizzou swimmer Sasha Menu Courey. They hired a Clayton-based law firm to conduct an investigation about the schoolâ??s handling of Coureyâ??s alleged rape and suicide more than a year later. The Dowd Bennett law firm is scheduled to report its findings and conclusions on April 11.
Loftin said, â??There is a need for an independent to look at it. We need this investigation. Iâ??m fully on board and supporting it all I can.â??
Loftin plans to spend time with lawmakers as they decide on state funding for higher education. Loftin said heâ??s also a huge Twitter user because it allows him to see the University through the eyes of his students.
Loftin announced that he sends a mass e-mail every Monday to his faculty and students to stay in touch.