University of the Philippines Los Baños

 

CFCSJInvestiture2015

“I serve therefore I am… from UP.”

This was the catchphrase of Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.’s inaugural address as the 9th Chancellor of UPLB on Mar. 6 at D.L. Umali Hall. Inspired by ubiquitous campus apparel that says “I think therefore I am…from UP,” a play on the famous quote from French philosopher Rene Descartes, Chancellor Sanchez called for the UPLB constituents to commit themselves to UP’s motto of “honor and excellence” in serving the nation.

Chancellor Sanchez enjoined everyone to work together in order to propel UPLB to become a globally competitive research university. According to Chancellor Sanchez, the realization of this vision will serve as UPLB’s contribution to national development. In his address, he articulated three guiding objectives of his administration towards achieving this goal. These are leadership in academic excellence; utilization of knowledge and technologies toward inclusive growth; and creation of enabling environment for creativity and innovation.

UP President Alfredo E. Pascual officiated the investiture of Chancellor Sanchez. In his message, President Pascual reiterated the support of the UP System to the realization of Chancellor Sanchez’s vision for UPLB. President Pascual acknowledged that UPLB is a significant contributor to UP’s quest to become a great university. He commended UPLB for its initial milestones in internationalization. He also acknowledged the foundations set by the past UPLB administrators, which Chancellor Sanchez also expressed in his speech.

The event, witnessed by UP and UPLB officials, faculty members, staff, alumni, students, and guests, also served as a venue for the formal introduction of the vice chancellors. In his message, President Pascual specified the opportunities and challenges that UPLB must respond to. These include intensified internationalization in academic affairs; scientific innovation and public service in research and extension; operational efficiency in administrative matters; multi-stakeholder dialogues in the UPLB community; and an environment-friendly principle in infrastructure development.

Also at hand to witness the investiture of Chancellor Sanchez were his parents, former UPLB professors Dr. Fernando F. Sanchez, Sr. and Dr. Priscilla Chinte-Sanchez; his wife, Dr. Patricia Ann Jaranilla-Sanchez; son Tristan Fernando; sister, Dr. Matilde Sanchez-Kam; and parents-in-law, Victor and Julie Ann Jaranilla. Dr. Rene Rafael C. Espino, professor at the College of Agriculture, delivered the formal introduction of the chancellor. (MJE Gloria)