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For Immediate Release:
Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
285 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Charter Day Honors Leadership
Charter Day Honorees Announced by Fairleigh Dickinson University
Teaneck, NJ — (May 7, 2001) — Super Bowl head coach Jim Fassel of the New York Football Giants, and Jae Kyu Park, former Minister of Unification for the Republic of Korea, will be honored at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Charter Day, An Evening at the Mansion, on June 1. The evening honors individuals who have distinguished themselves as outstanding leaders and proceeds support academic scholarships.
The "Charter Award for Leadership" will honor Fassel, head coach of the 2000 National Football Conference champion New York Giants. His ability to train and motivate individuals toward a common goal has made him a national and international role model for students, educators and business leaders.
For 27 years, he has been a force in collegiate and professional football. In 1997, he was named the 15th head coach in Giants history and was honored as Coach of the Year after leading the team to first place in his division.
During the 2000 season, Coach Fassel declared the Giants were playoff bound. Following this declaration and as a testament to his leadership, the team posted seven consecutive late season and postseason victories, a conference championship and a Super Bowl berth.
Dr. J. Michael Adams, president of the University, said, "Fassel’s leadership reflects the objective of all mentors: to inspire and to develop in the learner the skills and initiative to study, self-critique and work. This outstanding ability has earned him Fairleigh Dickinson University’s " ‘ Charter Award for Leadership’."
The "Award for Global Understanding" will be presented to Jae Kyu Park, who, in 1999, was appointed the Minister of Unification for the Republic of Korea. His participation in the global arena has been instrumental in what some believe is the finest achievement in world peace in the latter half of the 20th century: the South-North Korea Summit in June of 2000. During this event, Park chaired the summit’s Organizing Committee and continued to play a major role in both the post-summit and ministerial level talks as the head of the South Korean delegation through the spring of 2001.
Park earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at Fairleigh Dickinson in 1967. He holds a master’s degree from the City University of New York, diplomas from the University of Exeter in England and the New School University in New York, and a Ph.D. in political science from Kyung Hee University.
"His distinguished career has spanned the fields of international political relations and security, education and military history," said Adams.
Park has served Kyungnam University as president and has directed its renowned Institute for Far Eastern Studies. In addition, he served as Chairman of the Korean President Association of Private Universities and President of the Korean University Presidents Association. He is the author of "Cold War and U.S. Foreign Policy Toward Asia" and "New Diplomacy of North Korea and Its Survival Strategy."
Co-chairs for the Charter Day benefit are Fred Hassan, chairman and CEO of Pharmacia Corporation, and Gil Bashe, CEO of Health!Quest Global Communication Partners. For further information on support for and participation in the event, contact Jim Davis at (201) 692-7010.