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It finally happened! On September 22, amazian Jim Yong Kim was inaugurated as the 17th President of Dartmouth College.
If you recall, he is both the first physician to lead Dartmouth in all of its 240 years and the first Asian American to head an Ivy League institution.
Never mind that he’s already a decorated student and educator, with an A.B. from Brown and both graduate degrees (M.D. and Ph.D.) from Harvard–where, prior to his move to Dartmouth, he held professorships at the Medical School and School of Public Health. Or that he’s commonly regarded as a “global health pioneer” for his work with various health institutions and the World Health Organization, and for co-founding the nonprofit medical organization Partners in Health. (Ed Note: My dad just read the last paragraph and started crying.)
We just watched Kim’s inaugural speech, and can totally see why students have found him to be a “most inspirational instructor,” guiding young people to feel they can change the world:
…but we couldn’t help but notice that all of Kim’s warm and cuddly stuff seems to be frosted with just a hint of awesome Hardass Asian Presidentialness: All that talk of excellence, persistence, preparasian? Thank bejeezus! He knows how to talk on our terms!!!
Even WE can’t help but feel rather inspired by Kim’s philosophies (but we’re sure as hell not going back to school to prove it!).
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Occupation: Newly-appointed president of Dartmouth College
Known for: Leading the global fight against HIV/AIDS, receiving a MacArthur genius grant in 2003, getting interviewed by Madonna in Vanity Fair, becoming the first Asian-American president–the Brown and Harvard-educated Doc was born in Seoul–of an Ivy League university.
It’s a tricky time to lead any university, but if Dr. Kim can provide care to the world’s poorest, surely he can handle the world’s richest, plummeting endowment notwithstanding, no?
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