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Kim to Remain as President During World Bank Nomination Process

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The translation of the above is that President Kim is covering his bets, and Provost Carol Folt will be running the College in the interim even more than she has been doing so for the past three years.

Addendum: Assuming that today marks the end of Jim Kim’s active role at the College — though some people would say he stopped working and started interviewing months ago — his term in office of two years and nine months will be the second shortest on record after President Daniel Dana, the fourth president in the Wheelock Succession from 1820-1. Dana retired due to ill health.

Addendum: A close observer of the College writes in:

Jim Kim wrote: “While President Obama’s call is compelling, the prospect of leaving Dartmouth at this stage is very difficult. ”

Ha! Are we to believe that the President of the United States was sitting around looking for a replacement, and someone said, “well, the perfect candidate just happens to be up in Hanover NH.” I think not. This appointment only happened if Kim was out actively networking for a next-step position… and so there can be very little that is “difficult” for him about leaving Dartmouth.

I wonder if the Trustees will do any candid soul-searching before they begin seeking a successor.

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