On July 10, UIW conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree upon The Honorable Kang Un-tae, the Mayor of Gwangju, South Korea. This honor is the most prestigious the university can confer on an individual.
UIW Provost Dr. Kathi Light welcomed Kang calling him “a leader in his country and friend to UIW and the City of San Antonio.” Ivy R. Taylor, councilwoman, City of San Antonio-District 2, brought greetings from San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and members of the Korean American Association of San Antonio presented Kang with congratulatory bouquets of flowers. Others attending the ceremony included members of the Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce; Ron Nirenberg, councilman, City of San Antonio–District 8; and members of the UIW faculty and administration.
“I am happy to welcome Mayor Kang to the City of San Antonio and to the UIW campus,” said UIW President Dr. Louis Agnese. “In San Antonio, you will always be known as Dr. Kang Un-tae.”