After months of speculation, President Obama on Friday announced his choice to be the next president of the World Bank: Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim, a public health expert who went to college in Providence.
Kim immigrated to the U.S. from South Korea at the age of five and grew up in Iowa, where he was his high school’s valedictorian and quarterback. He graduated from Brown University in 1982, where he was involved with the Third World Center and the Asian American Students Association.
Kim’s honors include a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2003 and being named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine in 2006. He has remained involved with Brown, receiving the alumni association’s William Rogers Award in 2008 and lecturing there in 2009.
Brown President Ruth Simmons – who Obama also reportedly considered for the World Bank job – spoke at Kim’s inauguration as Dartmouth’s president in 2009, lauding him as “an international leader.”
(photo: Brown University)