On July 14, a temporary meeting of the Board of Directors of UNIST was convened in Seoul, where Dr. Jae Ho Song, Chairman and CEO at Kyung Dong Holdings Co., Ltd. was unanimously elected as the 6th Chairman of the UNIST Board. Dr. Song will serve his first term as Chairman until February 6, 2025.
Chairman Song is an esteemed alumnus of Sogang University’s Department of Business Administration and holds an MBA from the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. With extensive experience in leadership roles, he currently holds the position of Chairman and CEO at Kyung Dong City Gas Co., Ltd., a prominent industry player specializing in city gas supply.
Having previously served as a management strategy consultant, Dr. Song assumed presidency at Kyungdong City Gas in 2005 and presently serves as CEO at Kyungdong Holdings—a holding company overseeing Kyungdong City Gas—ranked second among city gas suppliers nationwide. Since 2015, he has also held key positions such as Vice Chairman for International Gas Union (IGU) and Chairman for the Korea City Gas Association.
The relationship between Chairman Song and UNIST traces back to 2007 when Kyungdong City Gas generously donated KRW 5 billion to foster science and technology talents, even before UNIST’s establishment. In recognition thereof, UNIST established the Kyungdong Scholarship Foundation in 2008 and dedicated its Main Administration Building’s 4F Auditorium as Kyungdong Hall—an enduring symbol commemorating this generous contribution that has granted over 450 scholarships thus far. Additionally, since joining as a director in 2015, Dr. Song has made valuable contributions to UNIST’s development.
Reflecting on his tenure with UNIST over the past seven years, Director Song expressed admiration for its remarkable growth trajectory. He stated, “As I take on the weighty responsibility of Chairman during this crucial stage that calls for a second leap, I am committed to supporting UNIST’s continued development.”
Dr. Song’s appointment as the new Chairman not only signifies his deep-rooted connection with UNIST, but also highlights his dedication to fostering its growth and success in its pursuit of excellence.