Challenges Await New Columbia College President Kim

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Columbia College Chicago's 10th president says he won't arrive at his new post with a set plan on how to lead the private school.

But Kwang-Wu Kim, who was appointed president and CEO today by Columbia's board of trustees, knows there are "some obvious challenges" to face. The university, like its peers in higher education, is battling falling enrollment, low graduation rates and a shrinking endowment.

"My first period of time (after arriving) is what I call intensive study," he said. "I'm just hoping to do a lot of listening and engaging with faculty."

Mr. Kim, a trained pianist, comes from a position as dean of arts and design at Arizona State University. He will start in July.

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