Dr. Seung Kim Receives Prestigious Inaugural International Education of the Year Award


On Thursday, June 4, Seung Kim, Ph.D., director of the Boeing Institute of International Business at Saint Louis University’s John Cook School of Business, was presented with the 2015 International Educator of the Year award by the World Affairs Council of St. Louis.

“This is the first year that the World Affairs Council of St. Louis is awarding the International Educator of the Year,” stated Robert A. Fischer, executive director, World Affairs Council of St. Louis. “It couldn’t be given to a more deserving individual than Dr. Seung H. Kim, who has led the global education initiative in the Saint Louis region for several decades.”

Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, the director of St. Louis Lambert International Airport and the chairperson of the Boeing Institute of International Business advisory board, provided the introduction for Kim at the 2015 International Humanitarian of the Year Awards Banquet held at the Four Seasons Hotel in St. Louis.   

Within her presentation, she stated, “There is not ample time tonight to summarize the incredible career of Seung Kim. Nothing I say would give proper justice to the programs Seung has spent the past 45 years growing and perfecting at Saint Louis University through his passion and desire to grow the international footprint of this region. The root of Seung’s life is to be an educator, but he has succeeded in both the academic world and the business world, a trait rarely achieved. He brings the business world together with the academic world to educate men and women who can successfully lead and grow international business. He has taught us that to succeed in life, we must embrace the global world in which we live. He has taught us that we must appreciate and understand that diverse cultures are not only healthy, they are vital to a global economy.”

Mark Higgins, Ph.D., dean of the John Cook School of Business, was in attendance along with numerous family, friends, colleagues, board members and supporters who have joined Kim in providing outstanding academic and professional programs in international business over the years.

“Dr. Kim’s dedication to building global business education programs has positioned the Cook School as a leader in global education,” said Higgins. “His hard work has greatly contributed to the school’s consistent ranking by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 international business programs in the nation.”

In accepting the award, Dr. Kim expressed his gratitude for those who have partnered with him throughout the years, “None of this can be accomplished alone. The work that has been done, and the work that is to come, is a result of partnerships with educators and corporate leaders; global and civic organizations; as well as city, state and federal government offices. Together we can strengthen the global business opportunities for St. Louis, the region and the nation.”  He continued, noting “It is a great honor and privilege to receive this award along with the others being honored tonight. Congratulations to Emerson and David Farr, CEO of Emerson, for receiving the International Humanitarian Award, and to Frankie Muse Freeman being honored with the International Civic Leader of the Year Award.”

The International Humanitarian of the Year Award banquet is hosted annually by the World Affairs Council St. Louis to recognize individuals or organizations in St. Louis who are bringing the world together through cultural or humanitarian activities.  The mission of the World Affairs Council is to connect citizens of the region with the world. To learn more, visit: www.wac-stl.org.

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 14,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis, Missouri, and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good. To learn more, visit: www.slu.edu.

Founded in 1910 with Father Joseph Davis’ vision to create a flourishing school of finance and commerce, the John Cook School of Business is the oldest business school west of the Mississippi River. Rooted in a rich history of values-based business education, for the past century Saint Louis University’s business school has continuously sought to define business education.  

Accredited by AACSB International the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University is home to top-20 programs in entrepreneurship, international business and supply chain management. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Cook School No. 79 out of more than 400 business schools in the country. To learn more, visit business.slu.edu. 

The Boeing Institute of International Business provides international business programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, and hosts events, professional programs, a global research and data center, and an academic journal. To learn more, visit:  biib.slu.edu.

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