SEOUL, Apr. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — The head of South Korea’s largest power equipment maker Tuesday quit all his public posts as an email he sent to professors containing foul language went public.
Park Yong-sung, who heads Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co., said he will also resign as the chairman of the board at Chung-Ang University in Seoul and as the honorary chairman of the Korea Olympic Committee.
In the email sent to about 20 Chung-Ang professors in late March, Park said he would “axe those begging to be axed,” according to university officials.
He was referring to professors who formed a coalition against his proposal to drastically reform the school. He had suggested letting students design their own curriculum instead of forcing them to choose a major.
The email came after the professors told the media that about 92 percent of Chung-Ang professors disliked Park’s plan.
“I do everything because I’m in charge of this university,” Park was quoted as saying in the email. “It’s not polite to not axe the professors when they have stretched their necks so long to be axed.”