COMO YOU KNOW: Timothy M. Wolfe

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:37 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014
Timothy M. Wolfe was named as the 23rd UM System president Tuesday morning.

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Timothy M. Wolfe will become the 23rd president of the University of Missouri System on Feb. 15, 2012, replacing the previous president, Gary Forsee who stepped down in January 2011.

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Timothy M. Wolfe was born in Iowa City, Iowa, but moved to Columbia when he was in the fourth grade. His father, Joe Wolfe, was a professor in the communications department at MU between 1967 and 1997. His mother, Judith Wolfe, taught third grade at Columbia Public Schools between 1968 and 1972.

Wolfe graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 1976, where he was quarterback on the high school football team. He helped the school win the state championship in the 1975-76 school year.

Wolfe graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the College of Business at MU in 1980. He was also a member of Harvard's Advanced Management program from 1995 to 2005.

Wolfe spent 20 years as an executive at IBM and most recently served as president of Novell Americas, a software company based out of Waltham, Mass.

Wolfe was named as the next UM System president on Dec. 13, 2011, replacing intermin president Steve Owens who replaced former president Gary Forsee, who stepped down in January 2011.

Curators made a three-year contract with Wolfe that gives him a $450,000 base salary with up to a $100,000 bonus, depending on performance criteria.

Wolfe will reside in Providence Point, the official UM president's home.

Updated: Feb. 14, 2012

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