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Obama Nominates Dartmouth President to Head World Bank

Friday, 23 March 2012

Credit: WHO/P.Virot,
Courtesy of Dartmouth College

— by Jon Cohen

President Barack Obama this morning surprised many people with his nomination of Dartmouth College president and global health expert Jim Yong Kim to head the World Bank. "It's time for a development professional to lead the world's largest development agency," said Obama in a speech at the White House's Rose Garden.

Kim, a physician and anthropologist who co-founded Partners in Health with Paul Farmer and later headed the HIV/AIDS program at the World Health Organization (WHO), spoke with Science 3 years ago about his decision to move from focusing on global health to the Dartmouth president's office. At the time, Kim headed the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, and was widely expected to take a job within the Obama Administration... (Read more)

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