MISSOULA – Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center Executive Director Abraham Kim will leave the center after serving five years to accept an opportunity with a national organization.
Kim will return to Washington, D.C., to serve as the head of a national leadership organization focused on Asian-American community, U.S.-Asia relations and leadership training.
“During his five years at the University of Montana, Dr. Kim has contributed tremendously to the UM community, the city of Missoula and the state of Montana,” said UM Provost Jon Harbor. “Dr. Kim is a big-picture thinker who challenged our community to think more globally. Equally important, he championed the Mansfield legacy and the spirit of civility and cooperation, raising the profile of the Center and UM across our region and internationally.”
Harbor announced Deena Mansour, Mansfield Center associate director, will serve as interim executive director, and a national search for a successor will begin soon.
Since starting his tenure at the Mansfield Center in 2013, Kim launched numerous innovative and global initiatives that drew top executives, innovators and policymakers from across Asia-Pacific region and the United States to UM. He actively worked to develop global education opportunities for UM students, faculty and staff. He also worked to build greater awareness, understanding and collaboration across diverse communities to address big picture global challenges.
“It was a great honor to play a small role in continuing the important Mansfield legacy and providing international opportunities at UM and for communities and leaders across Montana,” Kim said. “I learned tremendously during my time here and will take a piece of Montana with me.”