The dean of Arizona State University’s design and arts school has been named as the 10th president of Columbia College Chicago, the school announced today.
Kwang-Wu Kim, a professor of music at Arizona State, was voted in as president by Columbia’s board of trustees today, according to a release from Columbia.
Columbia President Warrick L. Carter announced earlier this school year that he is retiring after serving since 2000, and Kim will take the helm in July at the 123-year-old school.
A search committee of 22 people conducted a five-month search for Carter’s replacement. Columbia has about 11,000 students, including both undergraduate and graduate students.
Kim, a pianist, earned his doctorate at Johns Hopkins University, and his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Yale University. Before Arizona State, Kim was president of the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass.
Kim grew up on the South Side, in Hyde Park.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times