UM System President Tim Wolfe tapped for Missouri citizen award
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri said System President Tim Wolfe was set to be honored with a distinguished citizen award Saturday.
Wolfe was to receive a 2015 Missourian Award, which recognizes state citizens who have had a significant influence on their communities. The award will be presented at a banquet and ceremony at the Chateau on the Lake in Branson, according to the university.
"I am deeply moved to receive an honor such as the Missourian Award, and humbled to be mentioned with such Missouri legends as Harry S. Truman and Walter Cronkite," Wolfe said. "I have always been proud to call the state of Missouri home and am honored to be entrusted with the presidency of the University of Missouri System."
Wolfe is an alumnus of MU. He oversees the four campuses of the UM System, which constitutes one of the nation's largest public research university systems. Wolfe became the system's 23rd president in 2011. Prior to joining the university, he worked for 30 years in corporate leadership positions. He has worked in information technology, software, consulting and sales.
He graduated from Harvard Business School in 1995. Before attending MU, Wolfe graduated from Rock Bridge High School.
The award aims to honor prominent citizens who were either born in Missouri or became famous in the state. Proceeds from the Missourian Award benefit the American Heart Association. Past winners include George Washington Carver, Walt Disney and Mark Twain.