2016 Baccalaureate Vespers

Friday, May 13, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Presser Hall, Gaines Chapel

Featuring James T. Laney


James T. Laney is president emeritus of Emory University, former ambassador to South Korea and an ordained United Methodist minister. His association with Korea began in 1947, when he served there in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps. He later taught at Yonsei University in Seoul and at Vanderbilt University before becoming dean of Emory's Candler School of Theology in 1969. In 1977, Laney was named president of Emory University, serving in that role for 16 years. Appointed as ambassador to South Korea from 1993 to 1997, he was instrumental in helping defuse the nuclear crisis with North Korea in 1994.

Laney has received medals for distinguished service from the United States and Korea, the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale, the Emory Medal, and the General James Van Fleet award from the Korea Society. He holds undergraduate, divinity, doctoral and honorary degrees from Yale University. He and his wife, Berta, have five children and 16 grandchildren, including Emaline Laney '16, president of this year's graduating class.