First Asian-Americans in high-profile leadership

March 30, 2009

First Asian-American to Lead Dartmouth (via New America Media and Asian Nation):

Dr. Jim Yong Kim, a world-renowned medical anthropologist at Harvard, has just been named president of Dartmouth College, becoming the first Asian-American president of an Ivy League school. Kim, 49, an expert in AIDS and tuberculosis, is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in delivering healthcare to developing countries. He was awarded a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2003, and he was elected in 2004 to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Born in Seoul, Kim grew up in Muscatine, Iowa. His father, a dentist, taught at the University of Iowa, and his mother received her doctorate in philosophy there. Kim’s appointment to lead Dartmouth is another in a string of recent high-profile accomplishments by Asian Americans in various arenas. Among them are Sec. of Energy Steven Chu, Sec. of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, and Sec. of Commerce Gary Locke, as well as Rep. Joseph Cao, the first Vietnamese-American congressman and Don Wakamatsu, the first Asian-American professional sports head coach.

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