Lawyer and professor Danilo Concepcion was officially named as the 21st President of the University of the Philippines (UP).
Concepcion, who is currently serving as the Dean of the UP College of Law and the executive director of the UP Bonifacio Global City campus, will be replacing incumbent UP President Alfredo Pascual, who will officially step down on February 9, 2017.
The UP Board of Regents, which serves as the highest decision-making body in the university composed of 11 members is vested the power to select the President of the country’s premiere national university. The UP President, in turn, serves a term of six years.
Concepcion bested five other nominees to the post, which included UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion, former UP Vice President for Public Affairs and current Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner Prospero de Vera, former UP Diliman College of Engineering Dean and Department of Science and Technology Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara, UP Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Benito Pacheco, and former UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar Saloma.
All members of the Board of Regents, including lawyers Frederick Mikhail Farolan and Angelo Jimenez who were both officially appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte just a day before the vote, had a chance to interview all the nominees before making the vote.
Other members of the Board of Regents include outgoing UP President Pascual, CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, Student Regent Raoul Manuel, Alumni Regent Ramon Maronilla, Staff Regent Alexis Mejia, Faculty Regent Philip Padilla, Senate Committee on Education Chairperson Bam Aquino, House Committee on Higher Education Chairperson Ann Hofer, and Gizela Gonzales Montinola who was appointed by former President Benigno Aquino III but whose term was yet to expire.
“Tayo ay natutuwa sapagkat tayo ay pinagkatiwalaan ng ating Board of Regents. Napakalaki ng challenge ahead of us. Malaking trabaho ito kaya kinakailangan din natin siguro na hindi maging kampante sa paghawak ng posisyon na ito… Kailangan mag-consult pa tayo [We are happy because we were entrusted by the Board of Regents. There is a great challenge ahead of us. This is a big job so should not be lax in holding thisposition… We need to consult], that’s the cornerstone of my management style. [We] must be consultative,” Concepcion told GMA News after the vote.