Fr. Richard Ang, O.P. named 97th Rector Magnificus of UST

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THE VATICAN has approved the appointment of Fr. Richard Ang, O.P. as the 97th Rector Magnificus of the University.

The Master of the Order of Preachers, Fr. Francisco Timoner, O. P., confirmed the appointment on Thursday.

Ang replaces Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P., who ended his eight-year term last Jan. 15.

He immediately assumed the post of acting rector after Dagohoy stepped down from office.

Ang topped the voting of the Academic Senate on the terna or list of three eligible candidates produced through secret ballot by the Dominican fathers in UST.

The Chancellor of UST, Timoner, made the final appointment after securing the nihil obstat or non-objection of the Vatican.

A pontifical university, UST is under the jurisdiction of the Congregation for Catholic Education of the Vatican.

Ang has been the vice rector of the University since 2012. He was also dean of the Ecclesiastical Faculty of Philosophy, where he is a full professor.

He graduated from the Faculty of Arts and Letters in 1990 with a degree in philosophy and finished sacred theology at the Faculty of Sacred Theology in 1997. He was ordained to priesthood in 1998.

Ang earned his master of arts in theology in 1999 and doctor of philosophy in 2010.


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