Shannon McCune (United States)
Mandate: 1961 - 1962
Born in 1913 in Korea, Mr McCune obtained an M.A. in Geography from Syracuse University (1937) and a Ph.D. in Geography from Clark University in Worcester (USA) in 1939. He was a specialist in Asian studies.
During his career in higher education, he taught at Ohio University and Colgate University, and was visiting professor at Harvard, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Tokyo University, and many others. He occupied several senior positions, such as President of the University of Vermont.
Mr McCune served the United States government in various occasions as an Asian expert. In 1946, he was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his work in China during World War II. From 1962 to 1964, he served as first civil administrator of Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, when the islands were under American control.
Before being appointed Assistant Director-General for Education, Mr McCune had been a member of the United States National Commission for UNESCO.
Mr McCune is the author of numerous books and articles on Asian studies, higher education, and Geography. He was a member of many boards, such as the National Council for Geographic Education, the Association of American Geographers (Vice-President in 1949), the Association for Asian Studies (Director), or the Korean Geographical Society. He received many awards for his work and his research.
Mr McCune died in January 1993.