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.
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.
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.”