University of Missouri introduces Timothy Wolfe as new system president

Timothy M. Wolfe, President of the University of Missouri System

After nearly two dozen meetings and an almost year-long national outreach, the University of Missouri Board of Curators on Tuesday, Dec. 13, announced the appointment of Timothy M. Wolfe, 53, as the 23rd system president. The MU business school alumnus will assume responsibilities presently held by Interim President Stephen J. Owens, effective Feb. 15, 2012.

Board of Curators Chair Warren K. Erdman said Wolfe “matches the qualities” that university employees and citizens across the state said they wanted from the next president during seven statewide forums and dozens of curator visits conducted earlier this year.

“Tim Wolfe comes back to us as a successful graduate with a 30-year career in business,” Erdman said. “He comes back to us now with national and international experience, but with a heart that has always stayed in Missouri….Now he wants to come home and give back to the university that prepared him for his success.”

Wolfe, formerly Novell’s president of the Americas and a 20-year IBM executive, went to Rock Bridge High School in Columbia, where he led the football team to a state championship as its quarterback.  He is the son of two university professors—a father who taught communications and a mother who is a law professor.

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