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Inauguration of Jim Yong Kim as the 17th President of Dartmouth

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 Pres KimPresident Jim Yong Kim. (copyright © 2005 WHO/P.Virot)

This month the College community will celebrate the Inauguration of physician, educator, and global health pioneer Jim Yong Kim as the 17th president of Dartmouth. The ceremony is open to all and will be held on Tuesday, September 22, beginning at 11 a.m. on the Green (rain location is Leverone Field House).

Inauguration speakers will include President Kim, Dr. Paul Farmer, and Student Assembly President Frances Vernon ’10. Farmer, a longtime friend of President Kim, is a leader in global health and chairs the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Farmer co-founded, with President Kim and others, the nonprofit organization Partners in Health to support health programs in poor communities in many nations. Vernon, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is president of the student body and a self-designed major in Globalization, Health, and Development with a focus in Latin America.

“This event is a moment of celebration for the entire community. I hope that many of our students, faculty, and staff will join in marking the occasion,” says Barry Scherr, College provost and Inauguration chief marshal. All employees are invited to watch the ceremony in person or via the live webcast on the Dartmouth home page. To ensure employees have an opportunity to participate, College offices—with the exception of essential services—will be closed from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Inauguration day.

Gospel Choir
The Dartmouth College Gospel Choir will be one of the performance groups participating in the Community Celebration. (Photo by Kawakahi Amina ’09)

Following the Inauguration ceremony, a Community Celebration will be held on the Green until 3 p.m. Dartmouth Dining Services, the Hanover Inn, and local restaurants Yama, Gusanoz, and Taste of Africa will serve food with international flavors. Entertainment will be provided by student performers hosted by Ijeabalum “Lou Lou” P. Igbokwe ’10.

“The Dartmouth Dance Theater Ensemble is honored to perform a vibrant piece celebrating the event and embodying the energy and excitement of welcoming the 17th president of Dartmouth College,” says Ford Evans, ensemble director. The lineup of performances includes:

• The Dartmouth College Gospel Choir

• Vocal performances by Michael Odokara-Okigbo ’12 and Courtney Davis ’09

• Dartmouth Dance Theater Ensemble

• Barbary Coast Jazz Ensemble

• Christian a cappella group X.ado

• South Asian dance group Vandana

• Fusion Dance Ensemble

• Women’s a cappella group the Rockapellas

• Chinese Dance Troupe

• Women’s a cappella group the Decibelles

• Men’s a cappella group the Cords

Prior to Inauguration, the festivities will kick off on Monday, September 21, with a 4 p.m. panel discussion on “Reflections on Leadership for Social Change.” The discussion will be held in the Hopkins Center’s Spaulding Auditorium.

President Kim will introduce the panel and Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business, will moderate. Finkelstein, a top authority on strategy and leadership, is also director of the Tuck Executive Program. Panelists are:

• Paul Farmer, co-founder, Partners in Health; the Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

• Ed Haldeman ’70, chair of the Dartmouth Board of Trustees; chief executive officer, Freddie Mac

• Jeffrey Immelt ’78, Dartmouth trustee; chairman of the board and chief executive officer of GE

• Michael Porter, the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School

• Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University

Visit the Inauguration page for updates.

By SARAH MEMMI

What's Your Perspective?

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President Jim Yong Kim invites you to become a “fan” of Dartmouth. In a video message on the College’s Facebook page, President Kim asks members of the community to share their stories. Recognize a mentor, talk about lessons learned, or share an anecdote that sums up your Dartmouth experience. Become a “fan” of the page to access “Perspectives” under the "Notes" tab.

Last Updated: 1/11/10