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Jim Kim Master Media Manipulator
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, as Jim Kim parlays Harvard’s passing interest in hiring him as its President into a few more seconds of fame. What do you bet that he set up the whole story?
Two possible outcomes: 1) Kim gets the Harvard job, after a good reaction to this story, and he accepts the offer. Considerably more likely, 2) Kim doesn’t get the job, and (cue violins) he says that after much anguished thought about his loyalty to Harvard, he has decided that he needs to stay at the World Bank to continue his selfless work on behalf the world’s poor. Win/Win. That’s how it’s done.
Addendum: The folks at the World Bank can tell you that for Jim Kim looking good — “optics” — is always alone at the very top of any list of priorities.
Addendum: Kim’s play for the Harvard job was aided and abetted by this recent detail-free puff piece in the New York Times Magazine.
Addendum: For those of you coming late to the party, take a look at a few summary pieces about Kim’s time at the College: Dartmouth’s Bitterness Toward Jim Kim and All Praise the Valedictorians and Kim’s $100M Fraud. His Spending Grew Each Year.
Addendum: A good friend of the College writes in:
You hit the Kim nail square on the head. He must keep a PR firm on big retainer. Harvard would not have to get very deep into the Dartmouth references to learn this guy is NOT a leader of a college, and probably not much else.
Addendum: A senior member of the faculty writes in:
Jim Kim “feels deep institutional ties to Harvard.” Really? From his brief Dartmouth sojourn, it appears that Jim Kim only feels deep institutional ties to Jim Kim.
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)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
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
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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