While Bank-watchers were expecting the final decision to be made next week, we should have paid more attention to more reputable sources. I’m talking of course of Dartmouth College, the US Ivy League school no one outside of the US had ever heard of until its President was plucked from nowhere to run for the World Bank Presidency. Ok, Ok, I’m being unfair. Probably not that many in the US had heard of it either.
But we should all have paid more attention, as they were the first to officially call the outcome of the race. Yes, their head of media relations (a big job, now at least) tells us:
the Board of Trustees will announce the College’s interim president and the head of the presidential search committee “within the day or days immediately following the World Bank announcement”
He had the decorum to add “should Kim be elected” (that’s why he’s the Head of media relations), but I think we can read his clever spin quite clearly. So that’s it, let’s give up waiting for Kim to make a public appearance or for the board to release minutes of their interviews, the job’s his!
PS: Commenters please note, my tongue was in my cheek when writing this. But only slightly.