Khary Hornsby (’05) Part of Governor Dayton’s Trade Mission to South Korea
SEPTEMBER 20, 2011—Khary D. Hornsby (’05), Director of International Programs at the Law School, will be representing the University of Minnesota among the delegation accompanying Gov. Mark Dayton on a trade mission to South Korea on Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, 2011.
The goals of the trip, arranged by the Minnesota Trade Office, are to explore new trade opportunities, establish business contacts, and build business relationships to help Minnesota companies increase exports to South Korea. The sixth-largest export market for Minnesota products and the top buyer worldwide of Minnesota textiles in 2010, South Korea offers strong future opportunities in various sectors, experts believe.
In Seoul, the visit will begin with a geopolitical overview of Korea by U.S. Embassy staff, a briefing on business opportunities by the U.S. Commercial Service and Agricultural Trade Office, and observations from experienced business leaders arranged by the American Chamber of Commerce.
Over the days that follow, officials and delegates will visit the Korea International Trade Association; meet with senior U.S. Embassy officials and business, government, and education leaders; participate in customized business- and agriculture-focused discussions, and network at receptions and dinners.
Governing officials making the trip are Gov. Dayton’s Deputy Chief of Staff Dana Anderson and Press Secretary Katharine Tinucci, Department of Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Mark Phillips, State Senator Jeremy Miller, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Senior Marketing Specialist Brian Erickson, and Minnesota Trade Office Executive Director Katie Clark and International Trade Representative Jennifer Kocs.
The 24 members of the business delegation represent 22 Minnesota companies and organizations, including research institutes, industry associations, labor unions, growers and other farming associations, law firms, and others. Higher education is represented by, in addition to Hornsby, St. Cloud State University President Earl H. Potter III and Globe University/Minnesota School of Business Provost David R. Metzen.
The University of Minnesota was essential to rebuilding and modernizing Korean higher education after the Korean War. The University worked closely with Seoul National University from 1954-1962 through a U.S. Agency for International Development contract. Since 1954, approximately 7,000 Koreans have studied and earned advanced degrees at the University. South Korea is the Law School’s largest alumni base outside of the United States.