Dr Gowun Park, 41, was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the death of her husband, Sung Nam, also 41, West Des Moines police said.
Park, was formally accused of killing her husband, Sung Woo Nam, in their West Des Moines home. She faces charges of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in Nam’s death.
Students learned about the arrests Wednesday from the campus newspaper and an email message from Simpson interim President Bob Lane.
Simpson junior Thomas Mussig, an economics major who had Park as an academic adviser, said his classmates were making jokes about Park’s arrest, but he was near tears when he learned about it.
“She was one of the sweetest ladies I’ve ever known,” he said. “This is really tough.”
Mussig said he has had five classes with Park and worked with her on a research project. In all that time, Park never mentioned she was married: She would repeatedly say she was single and that all of her family was in South Korea.
“I had her in class for three years; she was saying that for three years,” he said. “She would talk about how she’s single.”