World Bank President Nominee Is Former UI Engineering Student

Friday, March 23, 2012

By Tom Snee

Jim Yong Kim
Jim Yong Kim

Jim Yong Kim, President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the World Bank, is a former student of the University of Iowa and son of a onetime member of the College of Dentistry faculty.

Kim, currently president of Dartmouth College, studied at the UI from the summer of 1978 to December 1979, in the College of Engineering. He then transferred to Brown University during his sophomore year, receiving a B.A. from Brown and an M.D. from Harvard.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, in 1959, Kim grew up in Muscatine before coming to the UI. His father, Nhak Kee Kim, was a dentist and taught as a part-time clinical instructor in the UI College of Dentistry from 1971 until 1983, and co-founded the Iowa Society of Periodontology. He passed away in 1987. His mother, Oaksook Kim, received a Ph.D. in philosophy from UI.

A public health expert, Kim taught at Harvard Medical School and was director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS department before becoming Dartmouth president in 2009.

If approved by the World Bank board, Kim will replace Robert Zoellick, whose term is expiring in June.