The University of Missouri’s 23rd system president is Timothy M. Wolfe, who is a graduate of MU’s Trulaske School of Business and of Rock Bridge High School in Columbia.
Interim President Steve Owens will remain in the office until Wolfe begins his tenure, in mid-February.
UM curator Warren Erdman introduced Wolfe as a Missourian, saying he “comes back to us now with international and national experience but with a heart that always stayed in Missouri.”
According to a University of Missouri press release, Wolfe was an executive with IBM for 20 years, and was formerly Novell's president of the Americas.
Taking the microphone to applause at the announcement ceremony Tuesday, Wolfe said his passion for higher education is “in my DNA.”
According to the press release. Wolfe's father is a retired, tenured faculty member at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his mother earned four degrees from MU, including her law degree.
Wolfe will also visit the UM System campuses in Rolla, Kansas City and St. Louis Tuesday and Wednesday.
To hear the entire official announcement from the ceremony Tuesday morning, listen to the audio above.
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