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Kelley School Dean Will Carry Torch In Olympic Relay

Gold medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

The dean of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business will travel to Seoul, South Korea to participate in a torch relay leading up to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. She’ll be joined by two Kelley School alumni.

Kelley School Dean Idalene Kesner says the opportunity stems from a successful global partnership between the school and an alumni connection in South Korea.

“One of the Kelly School alums is responsible for Coca-Cola operations in several countries throughout Asia, which includes Korea and he extended an invitation for me to join in the relay for the Olympics.”

Kesner will help carry the Olympic torch through a more than 1,200-mile stretch of the Yeongdeungpo District of Seoul on Jan. 13.

Curtis A. Ferguson will join the dean. He’s a Kelley graduate and President of Greater China and Korea for The Coca-Cola Co. Young-Jin Kim will also participate in the torch relay. Kim is a Kelley school grad and Chairman and CEO of pharmaceutical company Handok Inc.

Kesner says The Kelley School’s lasting partnership with South Korea’s oldest university also led to her invitation. Together, the two schools have teamed up to offer a dual MBA degree for executives.

The dean says this opportunity recognizes the school’s commitment to both education and unity worldwide.

“Sports bring different people together, brings different cultures together, but to me, education does that as well. And so me this is the opportunity to show that connection.”

While in Seoul, the dean will also attend an alumni gathering at Coca Cola’s headquarters.

The 2018 Winter Olympics will begin Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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