UD's William W. Boyer (left) presents In Chul Kim with a proclamation on behalf of University President Patrick Harker.

South Korea ceremony

UD alumnus inaugurated as president of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

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9:29 a.m., April 3, 2014--University of Delaware alumnus In Chul Kim was inaugurated as the 10th president of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) during a ceremony held Feb. 25 in Barack Obama Hall in Seoul, South Korea. 

Kim, who previously served as vice president of external affairs and development at HUFS, succeeds Chul Park, who served as president from 2006-14. 

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Before becoming vice president of external affairs, Kim served as dean of academic affairs at the Seoul campus, dean of the Graduate School of Politics, Government and Communication, and dean of planning and coordination, as well as professor in the Department of Public Administration.

Prior to receiving a doctorate in political science in 1988 from UD, Kim earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in public administration from HUFS. 

Founded in 1954, HUFS enrolls 17,074 undergraduate students and 4,166 graduate students on its Seoul and Yongin campuses, offering studies in 45 languages through 32 departments of foreign studies. 

William W. Boyer, Charles Messick Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, represented UD President Patrick Harker at the inauguration ceremony, and presented Kim with a UD Distinguished Alumni Award.

The award citation states, “I am honored and proud to extend congratulations to our distinguished alumnus Dr. In Chul Kim, on the occasion of his inauguration as president of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.” 

Boyer, visiting scholar at UD’s Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research and Kim’s mentor and dissertation committee chair, recalled Kim as being an exemplary student. 

“His Ph.D. dissertation was judged the best dissertation in the social sciences, for which he was awarded the Ryden Prize,” Boyer said. “Moreover, his dissertation was published as a book in Korea.”

Also attending the ceremony was Byong Man Ahn, who served as the fifth and seventh president of HUFS. A former minister of education, science and technology in the Republic of South Korea, Ahn was Kim’s adviser for his master’s degree at HUFS. 

Ahn, the recipient of an honorary doctor of human letters from UD at the 2004, was a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at UD during the early 1980s.

Marian L. Palley, UD professor emerita of political science and international relations, and her husband Howard Palley, professor and distinguished fellow at the Institute for Human Services Policy at the University of Maryland, also attended the event, where she gave a brief talk during the reception that followed. 

Article by Jerry Rhodes

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