Global Media Focus on Dartmouth with Nomination of President Jim Yong Kim to World Bank Leadership


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Selections from the coverage:

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NPR’s coverage included an All Things Considered broadcast featuring President Kim’s global health expertise. The broadcast includes remarks from Paul Farmer, who co-founded Partners in Health with Kim in 1987. Farmer told NPR that Kim understands the “big picture” that exists around the world concerning health, poverty and development.

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Bloomberg points out that President Kim—who started the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science—is the first physician to be nominated for the World Bank presidency. Daniel Zelikow, the managing director at JPMorgan Chase & Co. told Bloomberg, “It is an inspired choice. Dr. Kim is not only a leader in global health and development issues, but leading a major American university is an excellent proving ground for managing an organization as complex, diverse and important as the World Bank.” Bloomberg also made reference to a statement made by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner ’83, who called Kim “an innovative leader whose groundbreaking work to fight disease and combat poverty has saved lives around the globe.”

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