Dartmouth College Picks Provost To Be Interim President

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Dartmouth College, which is losing current president Jim Yong Kim to the World Bank, appointed provost Carol Folt Tuesday to lead the school while its board searches for a permanent replacement.

Kim will leave June 30 to head the bank, a powerful international organization that distributes funds to developing nations. His appointment to that post was confirmed Monday.

In 2009, Folt was named provost, the second-highest rank at Dartmouth. Her name, along with that of Marye Anne Fox - a Dartmouth board member who recently stepped down as chancellor of the University of California, San Diego - was frequently mentioned in recent weeks in discussions about an interim president.

A release from the college suggested Folt is likely to hold the interim post for about a year, and she has told the board she will not seek a permanent appointment as president.

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