By Vice Chairman, Dr. Musa Kim Jong-do(Ex-President of KAMES)
The 21st presidential election of Korea University, which started on Oct. 4, had candidates registered until Nov. 2, and 6 candidates completed their applications.
In addition, on Nov. 8, the Presidential Candidate Recommendation Committee(PCRC) examined the qualifications of the candidates, and as a result, all of them passed the preliminary screening without any disqualification.
The candidates running for the 21st president were all professors: are Kim Dong One(Business School, Department of Business Administration), Ma Dong Hoon(Department of Media and Media), Myoung Soon Koo(Law School), Park Jong Hoon(Medical College Department of Medicine), Yoo Byung Hyun(Law School), Jung Young Hwan(Law School). From November 21 to 23, three public hearings were held with 1,600 professors at the Seoul Campus, Sejong Campus, and main University hospitals (Guro, Ansan, Anam).
And in the preliminary examination for full-time faculty held on Nov. 29, all six candidates passed the first screening by obtaining more than 5% of the valid votes.
On Dec. 15, according to Korea University, 30 members of PCRC held a second round of voting, 3 votes per person, for candidates who passed the cutoff. Among the six candidates, PCRC decided to recommend three candidates to the school corporation as △Professor Myoung Soon Koo of Law School △Professor Kim Dong One of Business School △Professor Park Jong Hoon of Medical School with high vote rate among the six candidates. THE KOREA UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION, a school foundation, plans to hold a board of directors meeting on December 22 and appoint one of them as the next president. Meanwhile, Professor Ma Dong Hoon, Professor Yoo Byung Hyun, and Professor Jeong Young Hwan were eliminated from PCRC vote.
The criteria for the next president of Korea University are probably the will to secure finances in a situation where tuition has not increased for nearly 15 years, the will to develop Korea University with a viable vision, and a firm plan to attract overseas students. In addition, the vision of institutionalizing professors' research results to generate profitable business is also expected to be a great cornerstone for the development of Korea University in the future.
A candidate with these capabilities will be able to convince Korea University members and board members and will likely become the new head of Korea University to be admired by the People. The next president will serve for a 4-year term from March 1 next year.