Mr. Kim’s interest in education began modestly as a boy who was fascinated with the history of World War II. He read books, watched documentaries, and made models of tanks, airplanes, and ships. History was his favorite subject in school, and when he went to U.C. Berkeley, he majored in American History. His ambition was to become a history professor, and thus he pursued graduate studies at the University of Chicago, but his preference for teaching over research led him to a position as a history instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH, where he taught, coached basketball, and served as a dormitory head.
At Exeter, Mr. Kim served as the associate dean of faculty, dean of faculty, and assistant principal, managing twelve academic departments, faculty recruitment and evaluation, athletics, budgets, and strategic planning. He also maintained an interest in research and writing, publishing a book on student life at the University of Chicago, an article in a book on the Harkness pedagogy, an online article on faculty governance, and a soldier’s memorial in the Atlantic Monthly.
In his free time, Mr. Kim enjoys exercise, good food and wine, listening to Bruce Springsteen, and cheering for the Dodgers. He and his wife, Theresa, live in Arlington, VA, while their children Maya and Sam remain at Exeter as boarding students.