Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim - President and CEO of Columbia College Chicago


Speeches and Writings

Commencement Address, Chicago Theatre, May 17 & 18, 2014

Graduates, parents, families, friends, guests, distinguished members of the faculty, staff, and all others who are with us today: I am delighted to welcome you to this happy occasion, and I thank you for being here to bear witness to this important moment in the lives of our students...

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State of the College Address, Film Row Cinema, April 8, 2014

I want to start by saying that I find the expression ‘State of The College address’ off-putting because of the inferences that can be drawn from it. ‘State of the College’ sounds like ‘State of the Union’, which means the president of a college must be an analogue of the president of the United States, which draws a false equivalence. We don’t operate in the political sphere. For next year, I would like to...

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Inauguration Speech, The Field Museum, November 1, 2013

Distinguished colleagues and fellow presidents; trustees of Columbia College Chicago; elected state and city officials; faculty; alumni; students; family; friends; and guests: I thank you for being here to bear witness today. You honor me with your presence and I am deeply humbled...

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Media Coverage

PUBLISHED: 01-23-2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education

President Kwang-Wu Kim discusses the strategic challenges facing Columbia College Chicago. Read more.

PUBLISHED: 12-13-2014

WGN Radio

Interview with WGN Radio with Bill Moller, Saturday, December 13, 2014 Read more.

PUBLISHED: 04-24-2015

DEMO Magazine

Questions For President Kwang-Wu Kim Read more.

PUBLISHED: 09-09-2013

@LAS Magazine

From the Sonoran to the South Loop Read more.

PUBLISHED: 09-03-2013

Columbia Chronicle

New president envisions Columbia’s future Read more.

PUBLISHED: 03-01-2013

KoreaDaily Chicago

Kwang-Wu Kim was appointed as president of Columbia College Chicago. Read more.

PUBLISHED: 02-27-2013

Reel Chicago

In what can be viewed as a surprise move for one of the biggest film schools in the US, Columbia College appointed a distinguished music educator and performing artist as its new president and CEO. Read more.

PUBLISHED: 02-27-2013

Time Out Chicago

Kwang-Wu Kim, dean of Arizona State University's design and arts school, was named president and CEO of Columbia College Chicago Tuesday. Read more.

PUBLISHED: 02-27-2013

Chicago Tribune

Kwang-Wu Kim, a professor of music at Arizona State, was approved as president by Columbia's board of trustees Tuesday. Read more.

PUBLISHED: 02-26-2013


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. Read more.

PUBLISHED: 02-26-2013

Crain's Chicago Business

Kwang-Wu Kim, 54, was appointed president and CEO today by Columbia College Chicago's board of trustees. Read more.

PUBLISHED: 02-26-2013

Chicago Tribune

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. Read more.

PUBLISHED: 02-26-2013

The Columbia Chronicle

Kwang-Wu Kim, who met with the college community Feb. 13 as a presidential finalist, has officially been elected to the position by the Columbia board of trustees. Read more.

PUBLISHED: 02-26-2013

DNAinfo Chicago

Kwang-Wu Kim has been chosen as the new head of Columbia College Chicago by the school's board of trustees, making him the 10th president and CEO of the 123-year-old college. Read more.

PUBLISHED: 02-19-2013

The Columbia Chronicle

Kwang-Wu Kim, Columbia’s only presidential candidate finalist, will be presented to the board of trustees as the search committee’s nominee, according to a Feb. 15 email sent to the college community from Allen Turner, chair of the board of trustees, and Richard Kiphart, chair of the presidential advisory panel and a board member. Read more.

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