Jim Yong Kim, pres­i­dent of the World Bank, will deliver North­eastern University’s 111th com­mence­ment address on May 3, 2013. Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, broke the news on Twitter on Tuesday night.

Kim, the former Dart­mouth Col­lege pres­i­dent and a public health leader, will speak during the morning cer­e­mony at TD Garden in front of 20,000 under­grad­uate stu­dents, family mem­bers, friends, and uni­ver­sity leaders.

Public health is a chal­lenge that rever­ber­ates across the globe and one that drives Northeastern’s research mis­sion,” Aoun said. “The impact of Dr. Kim’s work spans across con­ti­nents and is exem­plary of the work of our researchers and stu­dents. His efforts to ease world­wide poverty and increase social respon­si­bility are inspiring, and we are pleased to honor his contributions.”

After spending much of his career ded­i­cated to helping the world’s under­served pop­u­la­tions, Kim was nom­i­nated by Pres­i­dent Obama in 2012 to lead the World Bank. Kim’s appoint­ment marks the first time the bank has been led by an expert in public health, not an econ­o­mist. The multi­na­tional orga­ni­za­tion, which includes 187 member coun­tries, is ded­i­cated to erad­i­cating poverty and strength­ening finan­cial mar­kets around the world.

We have the oppor­tu­nity to end extreme poverty and build shared pros­perity within our gen­er­a­tion,” Kim said. “These goals are within reach if we tackle the many faces of inequity—within coun­tries, glob­ally, and across gen­er­a­tions. The chal­lenge for insti­tu­tions of higher edu­ca­tion is to inspire stu­dents to have a stronger sense of social respon­si­bility to take this on.”

As the co-​​founder of Part­ners In Health and a former director of the HIV/​AIDS Depart­ment at the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion, Kim’s inter­na­tional devel­op­ment work has focused on some of the most pressing public health threats in devel­oping coun­tries, such as HIV/​AIDS and tuberculosis.

As pres­i­dent of Dart­mouth from 2009–2012, Kim’s tenure was marked by such achieve­ments as having suc­cess­fully reduced the institution’s finan­cial deficit without cut­ting aca­d­emic pro­grams and his founding of the Dart­mouth Center for Health Care Delivery Sci­ence, a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary insti­tute ded­i­cated to devel­oping new models of health­care delivery and achieving better health out­comes at lower costs.

Pre­vi­ously, Kim held pro­fes­sor­ships and chaired depart­ments at Har­vard Med­ical School, the Har­vard School of Public Health, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Born in 1959 in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Mus­ca­tine, Iowa, Kim grad­u­ated from Brown Uni­ver­sity in 1982 with a degree in human biology, and went on to earn an MD from Har­vard Med­ical School in 1991. In 1993, he earned a PhD in anthro­pology from Har­vard University.

A recip­ient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fel­low­ship in 2003, Kim was also named one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report in 2005 and was selected as one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influ­en­tial People in the World” in 2006.

Kim fol­lows former Sec­re­tary of State Colin L. Powell, who deliv­ered the university’s 2012 com­mence­ment address. Other past North­eastern com­mence­ment speakers have included U.S. Pres­i­dents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, phil­an­thropist and inter­na­tional busi­ness leader Ken­neth Cole, former Soviet pres­i­dent Mikhail Gor­bachev, Asso­ciate Jus­tice of the Supreme Court Stephen Breyer, and former Sec­re­tary of State Madeleine Albright.