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Dr. Chong W. Kim Endowed Scholarship honors two-time dean at Marshall
Kim, who retired last year after 35 years at Marshall, was honored Thursday evening in a ceremony at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center, on the Huntington campus.
Dr. Haiyang Chen, current dean of the College of business, said the college also plans to start a distinguished speaker series in honor of Kim that will feature successful alumni of the College of Business.
“We’re here to honor Dr. Kim for his generosity and support of our students for more than three decades,” Chen said.
Kim, a native of Korea who lived most of his youth in Seoul, South Korea, served at Marshall from 1977 to 2012. He not only taught, but served as the division head of the Management, Marketing and MIS (Management Information Systems) Division for 22 years. He was dean of the College of Business from 2003 to 2005 and from 2008 to 2012.
Kim thanked those in attendance for their help during his 3 ½ decades of service to Marshall.
“One of the best decisions I ever made was when Bob Alexander (former dean of the College of Business) offered me a job and I accepted it,” Kim told the audience, of which Alexander was a member. “Even though it has had its ups and downs and been stressful (at times), I had a very good career at Marshall, and Marshall was very good to me. I want to help future Marshall students by establishing this scholarship as a small token of my appreciation to Marshall.
“Establishment of this scholarship was very much possible due to the great help from College of Business Advisory Board members and all my friends whom I will cherish in my memory for the rest of my life.”
Kim majored in English at Yonsei University, graduating in 1966 before serving as a Korean Army officer from 1966 to 1968. He then received his M.B.A. degree from Miami (Ohio) University in 1971, and his Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, majoring in Organizational Behavior in Business in 1976.
He was a professor at Rider College in 1976 and 1977 before joining Marshall. Kim was elected into the Marshall College of Business Hall of Fame last year.
Kim is a Taekwondo (TKD) 9th degree black belt who taught TKD at each stop of his educational and professional career. He opened his private TKD School in Huntington, where he remains today.
The recipient of the Kim scholarship will be a full-time undergraduate student in the College of Business who is in good academic standing with a 2.5 or higher GPA. First priority will be given to minority students who are majoring in management. Second priority will be given to minority students majoring in any business field, and third priority will be given to students who are majoring in management.
The award will be renewable for up to four years (eight semesters) if the recipient maintains good academic standing of a 2.5 GPA or higher.