The dean of
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
Kim grew up on the South Side, in Hyde Park.