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

lth Organization and co-founder of Partners In Health, he is internationally acknowledged for his leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other diseases. In 2004, in recognition of his many accomplishments, he was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Kim said, "I am honored and humbled to accept this role, and look forward to building on the many achievements of Jim Wright and his predecessors that have made Dartmouth the vibrant, world-class institution it is today. Dartmouth is a unique and special place with a powerful sense of community. The educational opportunities it offers, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, are exceptional, and the loyalty and passion of its alumni, faculty, staff and students are unrivaled. I could not be more excited about this opportunity to help build on Dartmouth's great traditions as well as its singular role in higher education."

President-elect Kim is only the 17th president in the Wheelock Succession of leaders since Eleazar Wheelock founded Dartmouth College in 1769. Born in Seoul, Korea, he is also the first Asian American to be appointed president of an Ivy League school. Dr. Kim is married to Dr. Younsook Lim, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital Boston. The couple have two sons, one 8 years old, the other born February 27.

In addition to his role as Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Kim is chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, a major Harvard teaching hospital, and Director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health. He continues to teach undergraduate classes alongside his administrative responsibilities, development activities, writings
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