BRUNSWICK, Maine — After meeting Thursday with Bowdoin College President Barry Mills, student members of Bowdoin Climate Action ended a 48-hour sit-in outside Mills’ office Friday afternoon.

About a dozen students spent Wednesday and Thursday nights in the waiting room outside Mills’ office.

At the time the sit-in began, Mills was traveling on college business, spokesman Doug Cook said Wednesday. He returned to his office about 4 p.m. Thursday and met with students.

College spokesman Scott Hood said Friday that Mills’ meeting with the students lasted 90 minutes and that during that time Mills answered all questions except for “those he felt were not relevant.” Mills also “countered” several statements by the students and explained in detail how endowments work and his reasons for opposing divestment, Hood said.

“I am sure there are students in the group who are not happy with what he said, but he has stated his position and gone into great detail,” Hood said. “The president disagrees with the tactic of divestment. … He went into detail about doing what you can do to reduce the use of fossil fuels and said companies respond better to losing customers than they do to … divestment. … When there were no more questions, he got up and they thanked him and gave him a round of applause.”

Bowdoin senior Matthew Miles Goodrich, 21, of Brookfield, Connecticut, a leader of the protesters, disagreed. He said Mills “was disrespectful to students and really proved our point. He deflected questions and didn’t engage with what we were saying. We very much appreciate him stopping by, but it wasn’t a productive dialogue. We offered many middle-ground proposals, but time and time again he said no.”

While Goodrich said Wednesday the group would not leave Mills’ office until the administration committed to working with them to eliminate all fossil fuel investments from Bowdoin’s $1.2 billion endowment, he said Friday that students were so disappointed by Mills’ response, they decided they would have more of an impact taking their message directly to the student body.

Members of Bowdoin Climate Action left Mills’ office early Friday afternoon, according to Goodrich, and held a discussion in Moulton Union.

“We deserve to be treated better. We expect better from the ‘college of the common good,’” he said. “We really expect the next president to collaborate with students instead of shutting them down.”

Mills will step down later this year to be succeeded by Clayton Rose in July.

Goodrich said that despite ending the sit-in without a commitment from the administration to pursue divestment, members of Bowdoin Climate Action feel victorious.

“We gained so much support from folks who have never engaged before,” he said. “Over 100 students and faculty signed our roll call. We’re a little exhausted, but our spirits are as high as ever. We’re going back to the student body, and we’re going to keep on engaging the students. This is an absolutely victory.”