Beloved faculty member Hwansoo Ilmee Kim has accepted an offer at Yale. Yale has created a new position in Korean Studies. An alumnus donated $3 million for an endowment specifically for Korean studies. There is also an endowment of $1.5 million in the Department of Religious Studies that can be used for developing East Asian Buddhist studies. With these resources, Dr. Kim hopes to lay the groundwork for Korean studies, as well as for Korean Buddhist studies, during his remaining career.
During the last 9 years, Kim has won the hearts of faculty members, staff, and students alike with his humility, kindness, and caring. His leadership in the department, particularly as Director of Graduate Studies for the M.A. program, has earned him appreciation and respect. We wish Hwansoo and his family the very best at Yale and beyond.