March. 30. 2022
Korea Times president to lead Korea University Alumni Association
|Seung Myung-ho, President of Korea Times / Courtesy of Korea University Alumni Association|
By Lee Hae-rin
Seung Myung-ho, chairman of the Korea Times and the Dongwha Group, was elected the 34th president of the Korea University Alumni Association.
“I am happy and honored to take on such a heavy responsibility,” Seung said in an acceptance speech at the inaugural ceremony at the Korea University campus in Seoul on Monday. “I will do my best to cherish and further develop the tradition of the association,” Seung said.
Seung will lead the association for three years. The association’s former president was LS Group President Koo Ja-yeol.
After the association’s nominating committee unanimously recommended Seung for the position, the association’s delegates confirmed his presidency at the general meeting that day.
Seung, 66, entered college majoring in business and commerce in 1974. As a graduate, Seung made several donations to his alma mater.
Seung joined Dongwha Group in 1983 and took the helm of the group as chairman in 2011. The company expanded its business scope into the media industry following the acquisition of Korean daily newspaper Hankook Ilbo and Korea Times in 2015. From 2016 to this January, Seung led the Korea Industries Alumni Federation as its president.
The university decided to honor Seung’s tenure by naming one of its lecture halls “Hankook Ilbo Hall” and establishing the Seung Myung-ho Entrepreneurship Education Center at the Business School, also named after its donor.
The Korea University Alumni Association was established in January 1907 and has over 350,000 members.
“The association has played an important role in shaping world leaders and contributing to the country’s academic, economic and democratic development,” Euh Yoon-dae, the university’s former president, told The Korea Times on Monday. “The association believes that the role of the president is to create the right environment in which alumni can contribute to the country and the world,” Uh added.