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BREAKING NEWS: New VP announced

VICE PRESIDENT for Administration and Planning (VPAP) John Paul Vergara is the new Vice President for the Loyola Schools (VPLS), replacing incumbent VP Assunta Cuyegkeng who decided to step down for personal reasons.

Vergara’s term will begin on April 1 this year, until March 31, 2013.

In a memorandum released January 4, University President Fr. Bienvenido Nebres, SJ said that Vergara has a vision for devolution and interdisciplinarity, which will be beneficial for the Loyola Schools.

Vergara was chosen by the Board of Trustees from a list of three nominees recommended by the Search Committee to the President.

Scientist and administrator

Vergara (BS Mathematics and Computer Science ’86) completed his doctorate degree in Computer Science and Applications in Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

Eventually, he became a professor and chair of the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science (DISCS) and also headed the Information Technology faculty of the Graduate School of Business before his appointment as VPAP.

He was appointed VPAP on April 2009 when Academic Vice President (AVP) Antonette Palama-Angeles went to a sabbatical leave. Some of the tasks of the AVP like facilities and information technology planning were directed to the VPAP.

During his tenure as VPAP, he proposed a system to measure the success of the grade school through the results of the students’ high school entrance exams and develop an automated gate pass system, campus master plan and a new traffic scheme.

“The changes we implement are always metrics and data driven,” Vergara said.

He also received awards such as the National Academy of Science and Technology Outstanding Young Scientist Award, the DuPont Miracles of Science Award from DuPont Far East, Inc., and the Scholarly Performance in Graduate Study from Virginia Tech.

Strategic

Nebres said that “the VP should have a strong background in teaching and research, as well as a capable leader in terms of people, finances, and the overall concerns of the Loyola Schools.”

In the memo, he said that Vergara has extensive experience with Ateneo’s budget systems and academic research and mentoring. He added that Vergara “brings strengths as a systems person, strategist and problem solver.”

DISCS Instructor Paolo Agloro Jr., MS said that Vergara was efficient.

“Meetings with other people that usually run for thirty minutes to an hour won’t last for more than fifteen minutes.  He also loves to solve problems–any types of problems,” he said.

Another DISCS Instructor, Marlene De Leon, MS, always considered Vergara as the department’s strategist and problem solver when he was the chair.

“He will first try to understand the problem at hand, analyze it thoroughly from different angles, then device a plan to solve or deal with it accordingly.  All his actions or the tasks he assigns to the people working with him are always derived from a sound plan,” she said.

Challenges ahead

Some of the specific concerns that the Search Committee outlined for the next VP are the following: improvement in national and international rankings, research and publication, resource management, and devolution through restructuring the tasks of the VP and the four deans to give more accountability to the four schools.

“As the new VPLS, I expect [Vergara] to run the school like he runs our department.  He will run it with utmost confidence on the people he works with,” said De Leon.

Agloro said that he was “genuinely happy” upon hearing of Vergara’s appointment. “I wish him the best of luck in facing the challenges of being VP.”

  1. Meiii
    Jan 07, 2010 - 01:57 AM

    Let’s go, Doc V! :D

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  2. Oliver Castro
    Jan 07, 2010 - 04:26 PM

    I’m disappointed at the framing of the challenges ahead for the new VPLS. This continued obsession of ADMU on rankings and publication underlies the most important aspects of university life – quality teaching and community building.

    For many years particularly in the last decade, there has been increased focus on pushing faculty members to be published and infrastructure development within campus. This myopic investment has led to the continued suffering of the once cherished community life of the Loyola Schools (which has luckily been “salvaged” by recent wins in basketball). At the same time, the people up above has failed to see that by focusing administrative energies towards rankings (which provides a weseternized, flawed sense of how effective university education), the LS has failed to see that the quality of its teaching staff is diminishing as years go by. There has been increased faculty turnover. Plus, in recent years, we have seen both the exodus of seasoned professors and the failure of the university to form new sets of teachers, professors, and mentors that can fully embody what an Ateneo education really means.

    I believe that the new VPLS should face this continuing challenge of transcending westernized metrics of competence and to focus on faculty development and community building.

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