Korean school dedicates Terman building

A small delegation of Stanford officials traveled to a leading Korean science university last week to attend the dedication ceremony of a building named in memory of former Provost Fred Terman.

Provost John Etchemendy attended the dedication ceremony of Terman Hall at the Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) on May 17.

"We, too, have a building named for [Terman] on the Stanford campus, and we are honored to share his legacy with our Korean colleagues and friends," Etchemendy said. "The organizations that Fred Terman had a hand in building are substantial and enduring. He helped make Stanford University and the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology strong."

Terman served as Stanford's provost from 1955 to 1965 and helped build the university into a major research institution that attracted many of the best scientists in the country.

Former Provost William Miller also attended the dedication ceremony and said that Terman was instrumental in KAIST's foundation in 1971, when he chaired a committee that recommended sweeping changes in the Korean higher education system.

"They're very proud of that report," said Miller, the Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management, Emeritus, at the Graduate School of Business. "I've been [to KAIST] many times, and they always remind me of the connection to Stanford through Terman."

Miller said KAIST has been doing advanced scientific and biomedical research and is rated the top science and technology university in Asia. Many KAIST students have attended Stanford's doctoral programs and returned to KAIST as faculty.