Dr. Jim Yong Kim Selected as New Dartmouth President

An innovative leader in global health has been selected as Dartmouth's next president.

*The letter below was sent to the Dartmouth Community by Ed Haldeman '70, Chair, Dartmouth College Board of Trustees*

Dear Members of the Dartmouth Community,

I am delighted to let you know that Dr. Jim Yong Kim has been elected the 17th President
of Dartmouth College by the Board of Trustees. Jim is an educator, anthropologist and
physician who has provided visionary leadership in academia, public policy and global
health. He will assume the presidency of Dartmouth effective July 1st, 2009, when
President Jim Wright completes his distinguished tenure.

Thanks to his inspiring and transformative leadership, Jim Yong Kim has had a far
reaching impact throughout his career - both through his teaching and the global
organizations he has led. Jim, who currently serves as Chair of the Department of Global
Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has worked for more than 20 years
to improve health in developing countries - first as co-founder and executive director of
Partners In Health, a not-for-profit organization that supports health programs in poor
communities worldwide; and then, as Director of the HIV/AIDS department at the World
Health Organization (WHO), where he helped change the global response to that disease.
He has tackled some of the most complex global challenges in the world today by forging
strong teams, building communities and developing new and innovative approaches to
seemingly intractable problems.

As his academic and humanitarian work makes clear, Jim is incredibly passionate about
teaching young people - both inside and outside the classroom. He sees education as not
just about instilling knowledge, but about developing the leaders of tomorrow. He has
been teaching and mentoring for more than two decades and teaches an undergraduate
class at Harvard today. His classes have proven enormously popular (and constantly
oversubscribed), and he plans to continue to teach undergraduates at Dartmouth.

Jim's visionary work has earned him widespread - and well-deserved - international
recognition, including receiving a MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship in 2003 and being
selected as one of TIME magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2006.
He also was honored for his professional achievements in 2004 with election to the
prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jim immigrated to the U.S. with his family as a young boy.
He was raised in Muscatine, Iowa (where he was valedictorian and president of his high
school class and played quarterback for the football team). He graduated magna cum
laude from Brown University in 1982 before receiving M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from
Harvard. He is married to Dr. Younsook Lim, a pediatrician. The couple have two sons, an
eight-year-old and a newborn. We have set up a multi-media website at
http://www.dartmouth.edu/presidentelect/ so that you can learn even more about Jim and
his many accomplishments.

Jim's enthusiastic selection by the Search Committee and election by the Board of Trustees
resulted from an extensive and rigorous search process. The Search Committee, which
was led by Trustee Al Mulley '70 and included trustees, faculty, and student and alumni
representatives, spent nearly a year soliciting input from the community and identifying
and reviewing a wide range of candidates.

The committee worked hard to find someone who could build on the tremendous work that
Jim Wright has done for Dartmouth in his 11 years as President. Under his leadership, we
have grown our faculty, launched new academic initiatives, enhanced student life,
expanded financial aid, and significantly improved the campus, including an expansion and
renewal of athletic facilities. Jim and his wife Susan have carefully stewarded this
institution we all hold dear to ensure it remains as vibrant as ever as we usher in the next
President. They have our eternal gratitude and undying friendship.

It is clear we have found a successor who knows what a special place Dartmouth is. In our
many conversations with Jim Yong Kim over the past few months, he has shown a deep
appreciation for Dartmouth's unique character and the exceptional education it offers. He's
told us that throughout his career, he has seen what we have always known: that the loyalty
and passion of our alumni, faculty, staff and students are unrivaled by any other school. Jim
also believes the College truly excels at developing the sort of individuals who will be the
leaders of tomorrow - and in driving forward the kind of collaborative, interdisciplinary work
that will be critical to success in the 21st century. Together with all of you, he wants to help
build on Dartmouth's great traditions, further strengthen the unique experience it offers and
continue arming our young people with the skills they need to go out and change the world.

Indeed, having reflected on Jim's many accomplishments over the past 20 years, it is clear
that he follows in the long tradition of Dartmouth Presidents who have made a significant
mark both in higher education and on the world stage. Like former President John Sloan
Dickey, who had an impact on a global scale as a diplomat and who brought that
international perspective to the presidency, Jim has provided visionary leadership on a
wide range of global issues.

All of us on the Board of Trustees - as well as the Search Committee - believe that Jim
embodies the ideals of learning, innovation, team-building and community service that lie
at the heart of Dartmouth's mission. We are confident he is the ideal person to help build
on the many achievements of President Jim Wright and his talented team. And, we know
that you will enjoy getting to know Jim and his family as he assumes his new role in
Hanover and leads Dartmouth into a new era of global distinction and achievement.


Ed Haldeman '70
Chair, Dartmouth College Board of Trustees

posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | posted March 3, 2009 | updated March 2, 2009 | contact poster

Comments Due June 30 on Moving Dartmouth Forward initiative

Go to <http://www.dartmouth.edu/~president/forward/committee.html> and send your ideas, critiques, and suggestions. You can participate anonymously if you wish.

posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated June 30, 2014

Social Justice Awards nominations due Oct. 30
Please help us identify candidates for Dartmouth's Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Awards! Candidates may be alumni/ae or current or former faculty or staff. A student group category honors undergraduate and graduate student organizations as well. For guidelines or to submit a nomination, please visit:

Nominations are due October 30, 2010. For more information, please contact Christine Crabb at christine.crabb@dartmouth.edu or 603/646-1342.
posted by Christine B. Crabb 90 | updated October 14, 2010

Donations to Haiti
Haiti could still use your help, as the rebuilding and recovery process is going to be long and difficult and there are many people still in need of relief in the interim. Fortunately, two organizations with Dartmouth affiliations are on the front lines.
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated February 26, 2010

Donate to Haiti Earthquake Relief
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posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated January 13, 2010

new web resource for orgs & volunteers launched by '02
www.ifihadahammer.org is a new volunteering site that connects folks with time or resources -- in any amount -- with visionary NGOs around the world who could really put 'em to good use.

have an old camera you need to rehome? love to play with Picasa now and then? whatever you've got to offer -- a dozen computers or a single beautiful photo, a couple of hours a week or a couple of hours a year -- why not put this to work for a cause you care about?

likewise, if you work with an organization that could benefit from some assistance or extra resources, please feel free to post requests and/or browse volunteer postings!
posted by Megan K. Ahern 02 | updated September 10, 2009

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Sustainable Strength :: Thursday August 27, Launch Party and Fundraiser
posted by Whitney D. W. Smith 03 | updated August 23, 2009

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posted by Karsten A. Barde 04 | updated April 22, 2008

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posted by Karsten A. Barde 04 | updated April 5, 2008

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posted by Karsten A. Barde 04 | updated April 5, 2008

New Enhancements to Dartmouth's Financial Aid Package
From Speaking of Dartmouth: President James Wright Announced today a number of enhancements to the college's financial aid packages for undergraduates, beginning in academic year 2008-09, to ensure that Dartmouth remains accessible to academically talented students regardless of their financial situation. The new initiatives also extend the College's need-blind admissions program to all international students, who typically represent about 7 percent of each incoming class. The Dartmouth Board of Trustees approved the enhanced program at a special board meeting Jan. 16. (click on title above for full story)
posted by Miranda Johnson '97 | updated January 22, 2008

DASC Member Jorge Miranda '01 on ABC World News!
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posted by Karsten A. Barde 04 | updated November 8, 2007

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