The University of the Philippines Board of Regents (BOR) recently approved the appointment of Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr. as the new chancellor of UP Los Baños (UPLB) and Dr. Clement C. Camposano as the new chancellor of UP Visayas (UPV), as well as the reappointment of Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla for a third term as the chancellor of UP Manila (UPM). Their three-year terms will take effect from November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2023.
The appointment of the two new chancellors and reappointment of the chancellor of UP Manila was approved at the UP BOR’s 1354th meeting held on September 24, 2020, according to Memorandum No. OSU2020-01-17 of the UP Office of the Secretary of the University and the BOR dated September 25, 2020.
Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr. served as the dean of the UPLB Graduate School prior to his appointment as the new UPLB chancellor. He also served as the chair of academic programs and curriculum, and as the chair of the Department of Economics. He was also Associate Dean of the UPLB College of Economics and Management, specializing in the economics of education, labor and human resources, institutions, and political economy. A professor of economics, he graduated with a Master’s in Economics of Development at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, in 1995, and a doctorate in Economics at Kyoto University, Japan, in 2007.
Chancellor Camacho’s vision-statement, “Future-Proofing UPLB”, saw UPLB as sustaining its relevance “by developing methods, approaches, and framework to minimize the costs and impacts of shocks of future events,” noting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on both the University and the country. “UPLB will continue as a bastion of innovation, knowledge-generation and as a center for lifelong-learning and public service initiatives. Its cutting-edge research will be utilized for the influence and benefits it shall cause people as they enlarge opportunities to pursue their goals for recovery, development and social transformation,” he stated.
New UPV Chancellor Clement C. Camposano is a faculty member of the UP Diliman College of Education. He earned his PhD in Philippine Studies (Anthropology) from the Tri-College Program of UP Diliman in 2009. He earned his MA in Political Science and his BA in both Political Science and History from UP Diliman.
In his vision-statement, Camposano envisioned a UPV that is more inclusive and has stronger democratic governance and proposed a “Stakeholders’ Digital Engagement Space” that would serve as a venue for consultations with various UPV sectors using different social media platforms. He also vows to exercise an empathetic leadership by considering the perspectives of his constituents; and envisions a UPV that is more publicly engaged, promotes diversity and safe spaces, and uses its resources for public good.
Dr. Carmencita D. Padilla is a professor of pediatrics and was the executive director of the UP-based Philippine Genome Center prior to her first appointment as UP Manila Chancellor in 2014. She is Founding Director of the Institute of Human Genetics and the Newborn Screening Reference Center at the National Institutes of Health, and a pioneer in genetics in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific region. Recognizing her varied contributions to the academic growth of genetics in the Philippines, she was conferred the title of Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology in 2008. She has been overseeing UP Manila’s and the UP Philippine General Hospital’s critical and timely responses to the COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning of the quarantine.
Other UP administrative officials appointed by the UP-BOR at the same meeting were: Dr. Maria Bernadette L. Abrera as Dean of the UP Diliman College of Social Sciences and Philosophy; Ms. Elvira B. Lapuz as UP Diliman’s University Librarian; and, Dr. Aurelia Luzviminda V. Gomez as Dean of the UP Mindanao School of Management. They will serve until the end of their terms on September 23, 2023.