COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMOX/AP) — After a search that spanned almost a year, businessman Timothy Wolfe has been chosen as the new president of the University of Missouri.

The 53-year-old Wolfe was introduced Tuesday as the 23rd system president to lead the four-campus university system.

He is a Missouri native and university alum who most recently served as president of the computer software company Novell Americas and previously spent about two decades at IBM.

Wolfe replaces Gary Forsee, another former businessman, who stepped down as university president in January to care for his ill wife. Interim president Steve Owens did not seek the job permanently. Wolfe will assume responsibilities held by Owens, effective Feb. 15, 2012.

Board of Curators Chair Warren K. Erdman said Wolfe “matches the qualities” that university employees and citizens across the state said they wanted from the next president during seven statewide forums and dozens of curator visits conducted earlier this year.

“Tim Wolfe comes back to us as a successful graduate with a 30-year career in business,” Erdman said. “He comes back to us now with national and international experience, but with a heart that has always stayed in Missouri. Now he wants to come home and give back to the university that prepared him for his success.”

The university Board of Curators started its presidential search with a list of about 100 candidates but had kept the finalist secret until Tuesday’s announcement.

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