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Dr. Jim Yong Kim Appointed 17th President of Dartmouth College
Date:3/2/2009

Dedicated Educator and Humanitarian Has Provided Visionary Leadership in Academia, Public Policy and Global Health

Continues Long Tradition of Dartmouth Presidents Who Have Had Significant Impact On the World Stage and in the Classroom

HANOVER, N.H., March 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has been elected the 17th President of Dartmouth by the College's Board of Trustees. Ed Haldeman, Chair of Dartmouth's Board of Trustees, announced the appointment today at a meeting of students, faculty and staff.

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Dr. Kim, 49, will take office on July 1, 2009 and succeeds James Wright, who previously announced that he is stepping down in June after 11 years as President of the College.

"Jim Yong Kim embodies the ideals of learning, innovation, and service that lie at the heart of Dartmouth's mission," Haldeman said. "As a passionate educator and physician, he has had a profound impact on students, faculty, colleagues and fellow health professionals. And as a leader in the field of global health, Jim has helped to transform efforts to bring health care to the world's poor. Jim follows in the long tradition of Dartmouth presidents who have made a significant mark both in higher education and on the world stage, and we are confident he is the ideal person to lead the College in today's rapidly changing environment."

Dr. Kim trained as both a physician and anthropologist, receiving his M.D. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Brown University in 1982. A former senior official at the World Hea
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