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President of Yonsei University Resigns

Posted October. 31, 2007 03:43,   

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Yonsei University president Jeong Chang-yeong said on Tuesday he would resign from his post due to allegations that Jeong’s wife received 200 million won from a woman in return for promising her daughter’s admission to the university, and later returning the money to the woman.

Reverend Lee Seung-yeong, who is director of the school’s board, said, “Jeong sent a letter saying he would resign to take responsibility for the allegations, and we decided to accept the resignation.”

Jeong, who was appointed the 15th president of the university in April 2004, is expected to be stepping down from his four-year post with five months left in his term.

Meanwhile, the Seoul Western District Court has started to investigate the allegations.

Prosecutors are expected to file charges against the wife of the president for breach of trust if there were a request for admission to the university, even if she just borrowed the money from the woman.

The president’s wife, Choi, allegedly received a bribe worth 200 million won from a woman for helping her daughter get admitted to the university’s department of dentistry, and returned the money after her daughter failed to pass the exam.



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