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Obama Names Dartmouth Head to Lead World Bank

Jim Young Kim

President Obama nominated Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim as the next World Bank president, Obama announced Friday.

Kim would succeed current World Bank president Robert Zoellick, who announced his departure in February.

The bank is expected to finalize the executive change at its April 21 meeting, according to Reuters.

Kim is a co-founder of nonprofit organization Partners in Health and served in the World Health Organization as director of a campaign against HIV and AIDS.

He became Dartmouth’s president in July 2009 and has served as a professor at Harvard’s medical school and public health school.

He holds a medical degree and doctorate in anthropology from Harvard.

His name was not on Obama’s shortlist for the World Bank’s leadership position, according to National Journal.

The shortlist reportedly included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and:

  • former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers
  • PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi
  • U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice
  • Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)
  • Berkeley professor Laura Tyson


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