Yoon picks former university head as nominee for Education Minister
By Im Eun-byel
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol on Wednesday nominated Kim In-chul, former president of the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education.
Kim had been the head of HUFS since 2014 until earlier this year.
Born in 1957 in Masan, South Gyeongsang Province, Kim studied public administration at HUFS, where he also earned his master’s degree. He earned his doctorate at Delaware University in the US. After returning to Korea, Kim worked as a professor in the department of public administration at HUFS.
Kim on Wednesday said that the Education Ministry should make efforts to maintain autonomous private high schools, known to be elite schools. He also said it would be “proper” for universities to raise the proportion of new students selected through regular admissions.
Kim was investigated in 2020 for an alleged charge of accounting fraud during his term as the president of HUFS. The prosecution suspended the indictment.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education nominee Kim In-chul (Presidential Transition Committee)