The University of Missouri System has announced its 23rd President.
Timothy Wolfe has been introduced as a Missourian and a high school football star with international business experience with IBM. He is a Harvard graduate whose parents were college professors.
Wolfe tells those at his introduction this morning that he faces a daunting task, with the University being the fastest-growing in the American Academic Union. He applauds the move to the Southeastern Conference.
He says a more extensive use of technology, an increase in job creation and work on performance funding would most benefit the system.
Wolfe earned a laugh during this morning’s announcement when he admitted that his wife, Molly, went to KU. The couple have twins, a son and a daughter.
The announcement was made at the Reynolds Alumi Center on the University of Missouri Columbia Campus. He will be introduced at 4:00 p.m. in Rolla at Missouri University of Science and Technology, tomorrow in St. Louis at 7:30 a.m. and at 12:30 in the Student Union at the University of Missouri-Kansas.
The announcement comes after a year-long search for the replacement for Gary Forsee, who resigned as system president to care for his ailling wife. Steve Owens served as interim president leading up to the selection of Wolfe.