This month CST welcomed Dr. Jong Oh Lee as our new Vice President for International Relations. His coming was a dream realized for President Kuan, who has wanted to create such a position to advance the mission of the school around the globe.
He said, “I have seen how such a position has benefited other institutions. However, the school’s financial situation has not made it possible for me to move in that direction until now. A few months ago, I was able to secure funding for such a position from a generous donor. We conducted an extensive search and received dozens of applications and a good number of strong applicants. Through a careful review and interview process, the search committee unanimously recommended the hiring of Dr. Jong Oh Lee for this position.”
Although new to this position, Dr. Lee is not new to CST. He has served on our Board of Trustees for the past year but has stepped down from that position to assume his new role.
Dr. Lee says, “I am honored to serve as Vice President for International Relations to dedicate my experiences to CST’s mission. I will focus my work in a few areas – seeking new donors to improve our critical financial situation, recruiting excellent scholars from around the world, and nurturing future clergy for service in local churches and in their denominations.”
Dr. Lee earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Yonsei University. He was Professor of Marketing at Yonsei University in Korea from 2012-2016 and has been a Visiting Scholar at California State University, Los Angeles since September 2016. Dr. Lee is a longtime and active member of Chung Dong First Methodist Church in Seoul, Korea, where our alumnus, the Rev. Dr. Ki Sung Song, is the Senior Pastor. Dr. Lee brings significant gifts in marketing, public and church relations, and fundraising to this important position.
President Kuan continues, “As Vice President for International Relations, Dr. Lee will work with me in leading CST to build relations with alumni/ae, churches, donors, and friends in the international context, particularly in Korea where CST has a critical mass of alumni/ae. He will be responsible for interpreting the vision and mission of CST in the global context and helping to increase the donor base and giving from the international community. He will also assist the school in the marketing strategies for increasing the recruitment of international students.”
A service of installation for Dr. Lee was celebrated on October 7 to recognize his new responsibilities in this position, to affirm CST’s mission, to celebrate the relationship between Dr. Lee and CST, and to offer the prayers and praise of those gathered. The installation took place at Los Angeles Korean United Methodist Church where Rev. Changmin Lee, M.Div. ’77, is Senior Pastor.