The Board of Trustees of the University of Asia and the Pacific recently announced the appointment of Dr. Winston Conrad B. Padojinog as the fourth president of the University of Asia and the Pacific. He will succeed Dr. Jose Maria G. Mariano as President in June this year.
Dr. Padojinog has been the Dean of the School of Management (SMN) since 2011. He held key positions in the Faculty of Sciences and Technology and the School of Economics before joining SMN in 2009 as Vice Dean. He earned his Doctor of Business Administration degree from De La Salle University and his Master of Science in Industrial Economics from the Center for Research and Communication (CRC). He has a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from the University of the Philippines – Visayas.
In a statement, the BOT said: “In selecting the next University President, we were guided by the aim of identifying someone who will build on the achievements and gains of his predecessor. We know that Dr. Padojinog is that person. We are confident that we have chosen someone who will be able to lead UA&P at this time of growth and progress in many fronts as well as new challenges.”
Dr. Padojinog has a solid reputation as an industrial economist and strategic management expert. He has worked as business strategy consultant and policy adviser of various private corporations, local government units, national government agencies, companies and industries. In the last four years, he has been deeply involved in the International Faculty of SMN’s Advanced Management Program in cooperation with IESE Business School, Barcelona, Spain.
Moreover, the President-designate has a proven track record as a leader who works well within an environment of collaboration and unity of purpose. He is highly regarded and much admired in the University which he has served since 1989 as a Graduate Staff Member in CRC. He is 47 years old and is married to Prima Rosa Nenita Solas. They have a 13-year-old daughter, Regina Maria.
The BOT thanked Dr. Mariano “for his vision and his generous and loyal service.” Under the leadership of Dr. Mariano, two new schools were established in UA&P: the School of Sciences and Engineering and the School of Law and Governance. During his term, UA&P has also moved significantly closer to the attainment of autonomous status from CHED and Level 4 accreditation from PACUCOA. He established important linkages with foreign embassies which enabled the University to establish partnerships with universities abroad and carry out joint projects. He was the driving force behind several partnerships resulting in substantial endowments and notable joint programs with business corporations.
The Board also credited Dr. Mariano for successfully reintegrating the Center for Research and Communication with UA&P and strengthening the system of collegial governance throughout the University. At the request of the Board, he has agreed to continue serving UA&P in the areas of internationalization and research.
The investiture of the fourth President of UA&P will coincide with the University Opening Rites, an annual gathering which marks the beginning of the new school year. Details of the program will be announced in due time.
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