ICAS Annual Liberty Award Reception & Dinner

December 4, 2009 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Kennedy Caucus Room
United States Senate
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC 20510

Congratulatory Remarks

Attorney Hae Chan Park, ICAS Director

Good evening, everybody. I'm honored to introduce today's guest of honor, Ambassador Laney. Ambassador James Laney is President Emeritus of Emory University and former United States Ambassador to South Korea. His association with Korea began in 1947 when he served there in the Army Counterintelligence Corps. He was educated at Yale, Bachelor of Arts in 1950, BD 1954, PhD 1966, and LHD Honorable 1993. He is an ordained United Methodist Minister. He taught at Yonsei University in Korea from 1959 through 1964, and later at Vanderbilt before becoming Dean of the Candler School of Theology at Emory from 1969 through 1977.

In 1974 he was Visiting Professor at Harvard. He was named President of Emory in 1977 and served for 16 years. During that period, Emory achieved national prominence and its endowment grew tenfold to No 6th among all colleges. In 1993 he was appointed Ambassador to South Korea by President Bill Clinton and was instrumental in helping defuse the nuclear crisis with North Korea in 1994. In 1997 he returned to the U.S. and served for two years as Special President's Envoy in Asia.

He has chaired the Harvard Board of Overseers Committee for the Divinity School, and has served on the Executive Committee of the University Council at Yale. He is a Trustee of the Henry Luce Foundation in New York and co-chair with Andrew Young of "Faith and the City" in Atlanta. He is a past-director of the Coca Cola Company and SunTrust Georgia. From 1997 through 2003 he co-chaired the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on Korea. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and numerous other publications. He is the recipient of 22 honorary degrees from colleges and universities in the U.S., Great Britain, Japan, Korea, and Africa. He has received medals for distinguished service from the United States and Korea, the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale, the Emory Medal, and the General James van Fleet award from the Korea Society.

Dr. Laney is married to Berta Radford and they have five children and 16 grandchildren. They live in Atlanta.

Let me introduce Dr. James T. Laney.


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