EDUCATIONAL Technology (EdTech) Center director Fr. Melchor Saria, O.P. will replace Fr. Roberto Pinto as Vice-rector for Finance starting July 15. After eight years as treasurer, Fr. Pinto will pursue a doctorate degree in Canon Law.

Former Faculty of Engineering Dean Alberto Laurito will replace Fr. Saria as Ed-Tech director. Laurito is presently assistant to the rector for planning and development. It is not known if he will keep the post in a concurrent capacity.

Meanwhile, Fr. Romulo Rodriguez, O.P. and Fr. Regino Cortez, O.P. were appointed regents of the College of Education (CE) and the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD) respectively. Their terms started last July 1.

The former CE regent, Fr. Juan Ponce, O.P. would concentrate on his position as UST Vice-Rector, while Fr. Isidro Abaño, O.P., the CFAD’s former regent, will remain as the CFAD’s Dean.

In addition, Fr. Vicente Cajilig, O.P., regent of the College of Commerce, was appointed acting director of the new Center of Contextualized Theology and Ethics.

Five other regents were also reappointed by Fr. Lana effective June 26. They are: Fr. John Funelas, O.P. (UST Pay High School), Fr. Braulio Peña, O.P. (Faculty of Civil Law), Fr. Joaquim Valdez, O.P. (Faculty of Pharmacy), Fr. Antonio Cabezon, O.P. (College of Nursing), and Fr. Jose Ma. Tinoko, O.P. (Conservatory of Music). Other university officials who are in the middle of their terms were retained.

According to Fr. Lana, the appointees’ performance played a big role in their appointment. He added that he conferred with the Council of Regents, the Academic Senate, and the UST Community of Dominican Fathers before he made the appointments. Elka Krystle R. Requinta and Ma. Cristina S. Lavapie

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