Kim brings a wealth of experience in school leadership, student-centered pedagogy and inclusive education principles. He is currently the head of school at Basis Independent McLean (BIM), a preschool— 12th-grade school in McLean, Va. Prior to BIM, Mr. Kim spent 23 years at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he held various administrative and teaching roles during his distinguished career; the most recent were assistant principal, dean of faculty, history instructor and girls’ varsity basketball coach. He was the youngest dean of faculty ever appointed at Exeter. Mr. Kim grew up in Southern California and earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago.
Chair of the Bishop’s head of school search committee Barbara Edwards says, “Kim’s passion for education guided by values, ethics and inclusive principles, and the impact that arts and athletics can have on students at a formative point in their lives speak directly to the mission of The Bishop’s School.”
“Students will be successful in the future, in part because of their academic achievements and intellectual resources, but also because of their ability to collaborate, to connect with people who are different from themselves and to be devoted to the well-being of others,” Kim said. “The most meaningful educational experience provides students with the opportunity in class, on the fields or on a stage to succeed, fail, bounce back and know that, as a supportive community, we will go farther together than we would alone.”
Bishop’s board president Annette Bradbury adds, “Kim’s warmth and ease were apparent from the moment he set foot on campus, and his authenticity and humor resonated with administrators, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students and trustees.”
As was announced in November 2017, current Bishop’s head of middle school Carol Barry will serve as interim head of school for the 2018-2019 school year, and Mr. Kim will join Bishop’s in summer 2019.