University of the Philippines Los Baños
Thursday, 07 September 2017 10:03

Nominees for next UPLB chancellor present vision, plans, programs


The three nominees for the next chancellor of UPLB presented their vision, plans, and programs on Sept. 5 at the DL Umali Hall.

The nominees are Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza, Dr. Louie A. Divinagracia, and Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. One of them will be elected by the UP Board of Regents at its meeting on Oct. 26. The one who will be elected as the next UPLB chancellor will serve a three-year term effective Nov. 1, 2017.

Dr. Azanza delivered his presentation “UPLB as a Global Research University: Towards a Vision of a Silicon Valley for Agriculture and Related Industries” through distance mode using the online application Viber. Meanwhile, Dr. Divinagracia’s presentation is entitled “A Vision for Sustainable Value Delivery. Dr. Sanchez’s presentation, on the other hand, is entitled “Continuing the Legacy of Working Together for Excellence.”

Following the presentations was an open forum, where members of the audience asked questions to the three nominees. These questions cover UPLB’s role in nation-building, the welfare of its employees, the essence of UPLB’s public service, specific clarifications on the nominees’ vision statements, and issues such as the commercialization of education.

The event was organized by the Search Committee for the Chancellor of UPLB which is headed by Dr. Salcedo Eduardo, professor emeritus at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Its members are Atty. Roberto Lara, secretary of the University and the Board of Regents; Dr. Maritess Yee and Asst. Prof. Roniel Manalo, faculty members at the College of Human Ecology and College of Forestry and Natural Resources, respectively; Eileen Lorena Mamino, researcher at the College of Public Affairs and Development; Antonio Salcedo, administrative staff at the Continuing Education Center; and Ronald Gem Celestial, student at the College of Engineering and Agro-industrial Technology.

 Present during the event were UPLB officials, faculty members, staff, students, and past administrators.

From Sept. 7-12, a series of sectoral consultations will be held as part of the search process for UPLB’s next chief executive.  (Mark Jayson E. Gloria)