Board of Directors

  • Dr. John Frankl
    Ph. D. Harvard University
    A.M. Harvard University
    M.A. Yonsei University
    B.A. University of California, Berkeley

    Dr. John Frankl studied Korean literature, earning his Ph.D. at Harvard University and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at U.C. Berkeley. He then accepted a full-time position as a professor at Yonsei University, serving in that position for nearly 20 years. Dr. Frankl began his involvement at Asia Pacific International School first as a parent. Deeply impressed with the school's commitment to excellence and innovation, he became a board member, later serving as chairperson. Although his daughter graduated in 2020, Dr. Frankl has chosen to remain in his position to ensure APIS continues to fulfill its mission of nurturing leaders of the New Pacific Century.

  • Dr. Eddie Kim
    Ph. D. Columbia University
    M.A. Columbia University
    B.A. Dartmouth College

    Dr. Kim has been an educator for 20 years and is the founding director of Asia Pacific International School. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University. He began his educational career at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego, where he taught four years as an assistant professor of economics. He then moved to Korea to teach at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University. As a tenured professor, he taught at Yonsei for 15 years. In 2015, Dr. Kim resigned from the university to devote himself completely to his role as the founding director of both the APIS Seoul and Hawai'i campuses. Having been an international educator all his professional life, Dr. Kim is a strong proponent of the role that international education plays in nurturing future leaders of the New Pacific Century. APIS’ unique educational philosophy and mission reflect Dr. Kim’s conviction that international education should not simply teach about issues that are global but also provide authentic global learning experiences and contexts. Following this belief, Dr. Kim founded APIS Seoul as the campus of the East and APIS Hawai'i as the campus of the West, allowing our students to move freely between two campuses to take advantage of APIS’s global learning environment.

  • Mr. Henry Kim
    M.B.A. The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
    B.A. Dartmouth College

    Mr. Henry Kim has worked in finance and investment for thirty years, most recently founding and managing a private equity firm that focuses on investment and value creation. Mr. Kim firmly believes that the education sector also needs investment and value creation efforts to ensure the institutions growth and sustainability for the benefit of students. Mr. Kim brings his board experiences from the corporate world, as he has served on the boards of Panax Etec, G.D.K. Cosmetics, Ukseung Chemical, Kolmar Korea Holdings, Kolmar Pharma, Kolmar B.N.H., Process Technologies & Packaging (U.S.A.), and Together Apps.

  • Dr. Michael Kim
    Ph.D. Harvard University
    A.M. Harvard University
    B.A. Dartmouth College

    Dr. Michael Kim is a professor of modern Korean history at Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Studies. He received a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in Korean history from Harvard University's Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. Dr. Kim has been a board member of the school since its founding and shares the vision of building a purpose-driven school for the New Pacific Century. Dr. Kim believes that APIS's intimate learning community is uniquely positioned to pioneer educational innovations that will become a driving force for enhancing social, cultural, and economic interactions between East and West.

  • Mr. Chankoo Shim
    M.P.I.A University of California, San Diego
    M.A. Yonsei University
    B.A. Yonsei University

    Mr. Chankoo Shim has been promoting a healthy lifestyle for nearly three decades as the founder and C.E.O. of a sports marketing company and the owner of a Belgian professional soccer club, A.F.C. Tubize. He has served on the board of various sports and health-related national institutions, including the Korean Basketball Association, the Korean Sports & Olympic Committee, and the Korean Sports Promotion Foundation. Mr. Shim brings his expertise in sports to APIS for the students to learn teamwork, aspiration, and perseverance - skills that will aid students in becoming leaders equipped for the opportunities of the New Pacific Century.