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Welcoming new UM System President

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Truman the Tiger greets new University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe, BS BA ’80. At left are wife Molly and daughter Madison. Wolfe’s son Tyler, mother Judith and father Joe also attended. Photo by Rob Hill

The University of Missouri Board of Curators has named former Columbian Timothy M. Wolfe, BS BA ’80, as 23rd president of the four-campus University of Missouri System. Wolfe, who has helped lead large companies during his 30-year career, will spend two months learning about the job and begin duties Feb. 15, 2012.

After graduating from Mizzou in 1980, Wolfe joined IBM Corp., where he rose in the company to vice president and general manager of its global distribution sector. He left IBM in 2000 and for the next three years served as executive vice president of Covansys, where he led a global consulting team of more than 1,300 employees with $125 million in revenues. In 2003, he joined infrastructure software company Novell as president of the Americas, and led more than 3,000 employees and partner firms in the United States, Canada and Latin America.

His career has prepared him to deal with tight budgets. “For the majority of my 30 years, I’ve had to lead organizations that were resource-constrained — we had limitations in terms of funding,” he says. “We had to talk about how we could meet budget expectations — in many cases, it was an efficiency statement. At the same time, we had to have conversations about how we could drive the revenue line up top at the same time. So we had to have conversations about how we could increase the revenue. We have to, as we move forward, find new sources of revenue to fund our growth.”

Wolfe has strong ties to higher education, Mizzou and Columbia. He moved to Columbia during elementary school and graduated from Rock Bridge High School, where he was quarterback on the 1975 football team that won the Class 3A state championship. His father, Joe, taught communications at Mizzou from 1967 to 1997. During that time his mother, Judith, earned three Mizzou degrees (M Ed ’74, MS PA ’78, JD ’84). She now teaches at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover. Wolfe has served on the Trulaske College of Business Strategic Development Board.

Wolfe, 53, and wife Molly have twins, Madison and Tyler, who are high school juniors in Walpole, Mass., a suburb of Boston. Wolfe will live at Providence Point, a home at the southern edge of the MU campus overlooking Providence Road.