After two years at the helm, Chancellor Jose V. Camacho, Jr., was finally invested as UPLB’s 10th chancellor in a ceremony that was held on Sept. 15 at the Edwin Bingham Copeland Gymnasium.
Chancellor Camacho was elected by the UP Board of Regents at its 1354th meeting on September 24, 2020.
In his investiture address, Chancellor Camacho recalled how he was thrust into his work, coordinating with officials of the Los Baños local government on preparations for Typhoon Rolly that was expected to hit Laguna on Nov. 1, his first day of office as chancellor.
“It dawned upon me early on that I do not only have a university to lead but also a community to look after, a community that must survive global and local disruption while realizing its various mandates to serve the country,” he told the audience.
Chancellor Camacho came into office proffering a vision-mission of future-proofing UPLB amid multiple disruptions. His chancellorship was marked by the year the COVID-19 pandemic struck the country.
According to him, since then, the UPLB administration has accomplished so much and will approach the third year with the same commitment and hard work to bring the best to the University.
He acknowledged the constituents, primarily the UPLB officials, for their perseverance, brilliance, persistence, and grit in working on the accomplishments that he enumerated in his address.
The investiture ceremony was led by UP President Danilo L. Concepcion and witnessed by the family of Chancellor Camacho: his wife, Roderica, and two children, Angelica Joy and Jose Teoderico.
Also in attendance were members of the diplomatic corps, the chairperson of the UP Board of Regents and of the Commission on Higher Education J. Prospero de Vera III, members of the UP Board of Regents, UP System officials led by President Concepcion, chancellors, vice chancellors, and other officials of the UP constituent universities, representatives of national government agencies and international non-government organizations, UPLB professors emeritus and UPLB personnel, officials of the Laguna and Los Baños local government units led by Vice Governor Katherine C. Agapay and Mayor Anthony Genuino, respectively, and representatives of the UPLB Alumni Association and the private sector.
The investiture program was livestreamed and may be viewed on the UPLB Facebook Page.
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