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

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President Kim gives his commencement address to the graduating class, May 2019.


President Kim gives his commencement address to the graduating class, May 2018.

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Presidential Update 2018

President Kim presents his update to the Columbia College Chicago community, February 2018.

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President Kim gives his commencement address to the graduating class, May 2016.

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President Kim gives his commencement address to the graduating class, May 2015.

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President Kim delivers the keynote address and is honored by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, May 2015.

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President Kim discusses his collaborative and action-oriented approach to the strategic challenges facing the college, January 2015.

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President Kim addresses the City Club of Chicago, November 2014.

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Governor Pat Quinn and President Kim announce the $7.2 million grant awarded to the college by the state, October 2014.


The Student Government Association hosts a conversation with President Kim on how students can define their own path to success, October 2014.


President Kim welcomes students, faculty, staff, and alumni, September 2014.

  • A Message to Students

    Fall Semester 2014
  • A Message to Faculty

    Fall Semester 2014
  • A Message to Staff

    Fall Semester 2014
  • A Message to Alumni

    Fall Semester 2014

Commencement 2014

President Kim gives his commencement address to the graduating class, May 2014.

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Cinema Slapdown

Cinema Art + Science Chair Bruce Sheridan and President Kim share in a public debate on the merits of the film Skyfall, February 2014.


President Kim hosts a student-centered conversation on diversity and inclusion, January 2014.


President Kim gives his inaugural address, November 2013.

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Convocation 2013

President Kim welcomes and addresses students at Convocation, September 2013.


Media Coverage

PUBLISHED:  02-12-2018

Columbia Chronicle

"Kim: We have to rethink this together"

PUBLISHED:  07-28-2017

DEMO Magazine

"Questions for President Kwang-Wu Kim"

PUBLISHED:  12-29-2016

The Hechinger Report

"Opinion: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Entrepreneur: A lifelong endeavor"

PUBLISHED:  06-18-2015

Columbia Chronicle

"Kim Advises Incoming Students on First-year Success"

PUBLISHED:  05-13-2015

Columbia News

"President Kim Honored at 2015 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration"

PUBLISHED:  04-24-2015

DEMO Magazine

"Questions For President Kwang-Wu Kim"

PUBLISHED:  01-23-2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education

"How One College Is Getting Strategic in the Face of Challenges"

President Kim discusses Columbia's strategic challenges with Lee Gardner from The Chronicle of Higher Education

PUBLISHED:  01-15-2015

Diverse Magazine

"Pitch Perfect"

PUBLISHED:  12-13-2014

WGN Radio

"Entrepreneur: Delivering a Well-rounded Media and Arts Curriculum"

PUBLISHED:  10-31-2014

Columbia Chronicle

"Illinois Grants Columbia $7.2 Million"

PUBLISHED:  10-17-2014

Frequency TV

"Pizza with the President 2014"

PUBLISHED:  10-17-2014

Columbia Chronicle

"President Kim Speaks on Student Success"

PUBLISHED:  05-07-2014

ABC 7 Chicago

"Asian Influences: ABC 7 Proudly Salutes Asian American Heritage Month"

PUBLISHED:  02-26-2014

Reel Chicago

"Cinema Slapdown"

PUBLISHED:  01-31-2014

Columbia Chronicle

"Not Just Coffee with Kim"

PUBLISHED:  09-09-2013

@LAS Magazine

"From the Sonoran to the South Loop: A Conversation with the New President of Columbia College Chicago, Dr. Kwang-Wu Kim"

PUBLISHED:  09-03-2013

Columbia Chronicle

"New President Envisions Columbia’s Future"

PUBLISHED:  03-01-2013

KoreaDaily Chicago

"Kwang-Wu Kim New President of Columbia College"

PUBLISHED:  02-27-2013

Chicago Tribune

"Columbia College Chicago Selects New President"

PUBLISHED:  02-26-2013

Reel Chicago

"Distinguished Kwang-Wu Kim Named Columbia’s President"

PUBLISHED:  02-26-2013


"Korean American Named President of Columbia College Chicago"

PUBLISHED:  02-26-2013

Crain's Chicago Business

"Challenges Await New Columbia College President Kim"

PUBLISHED:  02-26-2013

The Columbia Chronicle

"Kim Elected New President of Columbia"

PUBLISHED:  02-26-2013

DNAinfo Chicago

"Kwang-Wu Kim Named Columbia College Chicago’s New President"

Speeches and Writings

A Message from President Kim about Supreme Court Ruling to Uphold Federal Ruling on Immigration Ban - July 3, 2018

The college remains committed to fostering a welcoming and tolerant community, and stands ready to ensure that our international student and faculty populations have the support and resources they need.

Beginning a New Academic Year - September 5, 2017

In these divisive times, I see our college’s core commitment to valuing diversity and inclusion as a source of hope and meaning for all of us as a community. To be a place where all ways of being are honored, respected, and valued is a noble ideal; let us take pride in that commitment and let us fully engage with one another to make that ideal a reality.

A Message from President Kim About the Election - November 4, 2016

We will protect our students, their rights, and their well-being. This is our common moral obligation.

Commencement Address, Auditorium Theatre – May 14 & 15, 2016

"Graduates—congratulations, you did it! Getting to this moment is a major accomplishment, and we honor the hard work, the tough choices, and the sacrifices which helped you get here today."

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Announcement of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee - January 28, 2016

"My goal was to create a committee comprising individuals whose experience and expertise would ensure that a wide range of perspectives be brought to bear on the work of advancing diversity and inclusion at our institution."

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Commencement Address, Auditorium Theatre – May 16 & 17, 2015

"First and foremost, today is a celebration of your tenacity and determination to succeed. Your degrees announce to the world that you are capable of making a complex, multiyear commitment, sticking to it in the face of many challenges, and finishing what you start. That says a lot about the quality of your character."

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City Club of Chicago Address, Maggiano’s – November 13, 2014

"I want you to know that I’m very aware that we could not do any of this, we could not succeed, without the context of Chicago…But I also want to be bold enough to say to you that I happen to believe, after being here for not quite a year and a half, that Chicago needs Columbia College Chicago as well."

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

"Congratulations, graduates! Today we celebrate your achievement. We know that the fact of your graduation is not an accident, and we honor the accomplishments, the choices, and the sacrifices that helped you get here today."

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“Redefining Our Greatness,” Position Paper – May 7, 2014

"In these pages, I have made my best effort to summarize my thinking about Columbia College Chicago from the vantage point of ten months in the president’s office. My absolute belief in the value and potential of our college requires that I call out what I see and that I set the bar of expectation as high as I can. I believe our students deserve nothing less."

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

"My nine-month assessment of Columbia College Chicago is that at its core – at the most meaningful level of content, value, practice, interaction between faculty and students, student aspirations, and the progress that our students make towards those aspirations – I think we are doing very well, and in many cases extremely well."

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Inauguration Speech, The Field Museum – November 1, 2013

"I have long been inspired by the words of a senior colleague who once advised me to ‘find a place where you can surface your courage.’ I know that I have found that place in Columbia College Chicago."

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Official Portraits

Official Portraits

Photos by Phil Dembinski BA '08


Photos by Jacob Boll BA '12

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