Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. is a Professor of Horticulture at the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). He is also an arborist, a landscape horticulturist and planner, and the current Chancellor of UPLB.
For almost 30 years, Dr. Sanchez has been shaping the minds of UPLB students. He is a senior faculty member at the College of Agriculture and Food Science, as well as an affiliate faculty of the School of Environmental Science and Management.
Dr. Sanchez earned his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture in 1987 and his Master’s degree in Environmental Science in 1994 in UPLB. He also holds the distinction of being the first Filipino to obtain a PhD in Landscape Architecture, on full scholarship, at the Tokyo University of Agriculture in 1998.
Dr. Sanchez is recognized as one of the Philippines’ pioneers in the landscape horticulture profession. He has built a strong landscape design and site development portfolio within and outside UPLB. Some of his notable work include the creation of the UP Mindanao Campus Master Plan, the landscape rehabilitation and development of various buildings within the UP System including the Philippine General Hospital in UP Manila, the stage design for President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III’s 2010 Presidential Inauguration, and the design of Dr. Jose Rizal Centennial Marker at Hibiya Park, Tokyo, Japan. Due to his unparalleled contribution to the landscape arts, the University awarded Dr. Sanchez the Outstanding Creative Artist Award in 2008 and 2009.
Prior to being UPLB’s chief academic and executive officer, Dr. Sanchez was UPLB’s Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development from 2011 to 2014. Yet his involvement in the University’s planning and development affairs dates back as far as 2005 when he was appointed as Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development. His professional experience as a licensed agriculturist, a certified arborist, and a landscape horticulturist and planner has served UPLB well.
Apart from supervising numerous endeavors for the UPLB campus’ development and leading major University events, Dr. Sanchez is also actively involved in the research and technology promotion of edible landscaping and flowering trees. He is also a regular paper and poster presenter among premier academic fora, such as those organized by the International Society for Southeast Asian Agricultural Sciences and the International Federation of Landscape Architects.
As the ninth Chancellor of UPLB, Dr. Sanchez is committed to lay the foundation that will lead UPLB to become a globally competitive graduate and research university that contributes to national development.