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Kim @ WB: It Won’t Be Long Now
Jim Kim’s long-expected crash and burn at the World Bank has not quite begun, but his engine is sputtering and there are sparks everywhere. Just as the Dartmouth faculty was the first to pick up on the fact that the man is no more than a glib fraud, the senior executives at the Bank have seen through him, too, followed by the staff en masse. According to a story in Bloomberg, the employee association wrote the below in a widely circulated memo last month:
We feel a bit like a lost driver who stops to ask for help from a friendly stranger, and instead of clear directions to our destination, we get well-meaning but rather vague directions.
Bloomberg also reports that various serious observers of the Bank are equally perplexed by Kim:
“They are still very far from clear direction and strategy,” said Uri Dadush, a former World Bank director of economic policy. Kim’s objectives “are sensible but how does that translate in action?”
“He’s going to have to show not only his goal, but he’s going to have to be much more concrete about how he’ll achieve it,” said Steve Radelet, a Georgetown University professor and a former U.S. Treasury Department official.
Actually “perplexed” is too polite term. What the above statements really mean, but the speakers are too delicate to say, is that beyond his endless gauzy comments, Kim does not know WTF he is doing. Of course, that will be no surprise to anyone in Hanover.
An then there is this gem in the Bloomberg article:
He wants to better mobilize the knowledge staff has built over the years to offer aid recipients a range of solutions based on experience elsewhere, an approach he called the “science of delivery.”
The “science of delivery”? Can’t Kim even come up with a new phrase or two?
As a last note, the piece goes on in endless detail about Kim’s background: his birth in Korea (and his parents’ travails), football in Iowa, Brown, Harvard Med School, his Anthropology Ph.D., Partners in Health, his work in the 1990’s in Peru, his time at the WHO and so on. At what point will the press concentrate on the man’s utter lack of present-day achievement, rather than on his superficially colorful resumé wherein most events occurred several decades in the past? Kim is now 53 years old. Do we care where he went to school?
Addendum: The Bloomberg article contains a brief comment on Kim’s time in Hanover:
In 2009, he became the first Asian-American president of Dartmouth College. His tenure at the Hanover, New Hampshire, school ended with mixed reviews including criticism from students and faculty on the way he handled budget cuts.
The link in the above text was to student body President Max Yoeli ‘12’s scathing assessment of Kim’s Presidency, which went a fair bit farther than criticizing Kim’s supposed budget cuts.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
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October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
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