Free Enterprise Dinner Upcoming Speaker

 USW Announces 2015 Free Enterprise Dinner Speaker   
Dr. Vihn Chung

The 2015 Free Enterprise Dinner, hosted by University of the Southwest, will take place on SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Jack & Mabel Maddox Student Life Center on the USW campus.  Tickets are $50 per plate or you may sponsor the event at varying levels.  Contact Laurie Dean at 575-492-2108 or by email at for more information.

Dr. Lynn and Nancy Shaw will also be presented with the 2015 Trustees of Free Enterprise Award.  The Shaws are long-time residents of Hobbs, operating Dr. Shaw's dental practice since 1973.  They have also served on many local boards and committees, supporting our community through servant leadership.  The Trustee of Free Enterprise Award is the University's most prestigous award and is given for outstanding business achievements, for an established reputation for conducting responsible and ethical business practices, for community leadership, and for investment of time and resources toward the preservation of a free society.

Vinh Chung was just 3 years old when his family fled post-war Vietnam by boat in 1979. When they landed on a Malaysian beach, they were turned away by soldiers, towed back out to sea, and left to die on a leaky boat with no working motor.

After nearly a week adrift with little food or drinkable water, a freighter called Seasweep came to their rescue. Run by World Vision, Seasweep was the first international mercy ship to provide food and medical care to thousands of Vietnamese refugees similarly abandoned on boats in the South China Sea.

Chung and the other 92 people aboard his boat, including his parents and seven siblings, were taken aboard Seasweep and later accepted as refugees in Singapore. A church in Fort Smith, Arkansas, with a vibrant ministry for Vietnamese refugees eventually sponsored the family and helped them relocate to the United States. Starting over with nothing, Chung excelled in school, becoming an all-state football player and valedictorian of his class. He attended Harvard University, where he studied biology.

He later earned a master’s degree in theology from the University of Edinburgh as well as a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He also studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Sydney. Today, Chung is a board-certified dermatologist and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer. He runs a large medical practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he and Leisle live with their four children.

Chung is currently a member the board of directors at World Vision, United States. His memoir, Where the Wind LeadsExternal Link, was released by Thomas Nelson publishers in April 2014.