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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?

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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.

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