Mason Korea's US-Based Advisory Board Members Visit Campus

Mason Korea's US-Based Advisory Board Members Visit Campus

Mason Korea's advisory board has membership residing in the US and residing in Korea. Four of Mason Korea’s US-based advisory board members joined George Mason University President Gregory Washington’s inaugural visit to Mason Korea in late August.

Virginia State Senator Chap Petersen, who passed the legislation to establish Mason Korea in 2010; Tracy Comstock (President, US-Korea Alliance Foundation); Hyun Lee (Executive PR Director for the Organization of Korean American Women); and SoJung Lim (Fairfax City Council Member) joined Washington in seeking to advance the development of Mason’s campus in Korea.

imageThe board members participated in major university events, such as the Fall Student Convocation and the opening ceremony of the Industry-University Collaboration Foundation, and met with student leaders.

Senator Chap Petersen, who serves as Chair of Mason Korea’s US advisory board, gave congratulatory remarks at the Fall Convocation. “It was a vision of many people that George Mason, a young and innovative university in Virginia, would expand and connect with the economy and people of South Korea and form a partnership that would benefit both people,” he said.

The board members also accompanied Washington on many of his external engagements, including meetings with the Ministry of Education, KEPCO, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), and the US embassy in Seoul.

Tracy Comstock, a HUFS alum and Secretary of Mason Korea’s US advisory board, was particularly instrumental in connecting Mason Korea and HUFS, leading to an MOU signing ceremony between the two institutions.

Petersen and Comstock also met with various government officials, including the governor of Gyeonggi province, to discuss US-Korea relations and also promote Mason Korea.

imageSenator Petersen and Gyeonggi-do Governor Kim Dong-yeon discussed cooperation on revitalizing exchange between Gyeonggi-do and Virginia, which are sister states.

"I will write a letter to the governor tonight asking for cooperation,” said Senator Petersen. “I think there are many areas for collaboration between Korea and the United States, and between Virginia and Gyeonggi-do. Virginia, in particular, has a high proportion of Korean-Americans and has a long history of exchange with Korea, so there are many areas that can be of help to Gyeonggi-do,” he added.