On Friday The White House named Jim Yong Kim, the president of Dartmouth College and a global health expert, as its nominee to lead the World Bank, the New York Times reported.
The decision makes Kim the front-runner to take the helm of the multinational development institution on June 30, when its current president, Robert B. Zoellick, will step down at the end of his five-year term.
Kim, 52, is an anthropologist and a physician who co-founded Partners in Health, a nonprofit that provides health care for the poor, and a former director of the department of H.I.V./ AIDS at the World Health Organization, the Minnesota Daily reported.
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Kim earned a M.D. from Harvard University in 1991 and received a Ph.D. in anthropology in 1993. He was the first Asian-American to head an Ivy League institution when he took the Dartmouth post in 2009, the New York Times said.