Kwang-wu Kim, a native of Chicago’s Hyde Park, has been selected as the president and functioning CEO of the city’s private institution, Columbia College.
Kim holds a doctorate in music and is currently a music professor at Arizona State University where he also serves as the dean and director of the university’s college of design and the arts, according to DNAinfo.com Chicago.
Found in 1890, Columbia College is one of the largest art colleges in America with undergraduate and graduate students of approximately 12,000; its graduating class last year was 2,000 people. The Hollywood Reporter ranked Columbia College among the 25 top film schools in the country in 2012.
Kim will begin his tenure in July, replacing the retiring Warrick L. Carter as president. No salary information was available for Kim but Carter reportedly made $400,000 in 2009.
Kim received his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University and his bachelor’s degree from Yale University. As a pianist, Kim made his solo debut at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and his orchestral debut with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, according to a Columbia College release.