NEW YORK (AP) _ Barry Renfrew, a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press in Australia and Pakistan, has been named to succeed Edwin Q. White as chief of bureau in Seoul, South Korea, when White retires in August after 38 years with the AP.

Renfrew, 32, will be replaced as chief of bureau in Islamabad, Pakistan, by Bryan Wilder, an editor on the AP's World Services Desk in New York. The appointments were announced Thursday by AP President Louis D. Boccardi.

Renfrew's new responsibilities will include helping to plan and execute coverage of the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.

White, 64, has spent much of his career reporting on Asia for the AP. A native of Tipton, Mo., he joined the AP in Kansas City in 1949 and transferred to the Foreign Desk in New York in 1954.

White was assigned to Tokyo in 1960 and became Asia news editor the following year. He was AP's correspondent in Saigon from 1965 until 1969, when he returned to Tokyo. Following a year in Honolulu, White transferred to Seoul in 1980 and became bureau chief in 1981.

Renfrew joined the AP in New York in 1978 and transferred to the Charleston, W.Va., bureau the following year. He worked on the World Services Desk before he was assigned to Sydney in 1983. Renfrew was named chief of bureau in Islamabad in 1985.

He is a native of London, England, and a graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

Wilder, 36, joined the AP in Copenhagen in 1980. He worked as a newsman in the New Orleans bureau in 1985 and moved to New York last year.

Wilder is a native of Bethesda, Md., and a graduate of the University of Missouri.