Thursday, September 3, 2009

Princeton economist named prime minister of South Korea

It's been 93 years since a Princetonian was elected president of the United States, but South Korea's new prime minister boasts a doctorate in economics from Old Nassau.

Chung Un-Chan GS '78, a former president of Seoul National University, was chosen by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak as part of a cabinet shakeup announced on Thursday.

Lee's selection of the 61-year-old Chung, who taught at Columbia University for two years, is part of a strategy to bring individuals with diverse political beliefs into his administration.

Chung was courted by the Uri party and other liberal South Korean political groups to run for the presidency in December 2007. Chung also outlined South Korea's transformation from one of the world's poorest countries to an economic powerhouse during a September 2008 lecture in Aaron Burr Hall.


History 101 said...

Wilson was reelected in 1916.

Daily Princetonian Web Staff said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

The first President of the Republic of Korea, Rhee Syngman, was also a Princetonian, Ph.D. in Politics.