THE UST Office of Public Affairs is among the nine UST academic and administrative units to be led by new officials this 2024, the Office of the Secretary General (OSG) announced in a circular.

In a circular dated Jan. 1, the OSG made public the appointment of Michaella Lagniton as acting director of the Office of Public Affairs effective Term 2 of Academic Year 2023-2024. She had served as assistant director under Asst. Prof. Joreen Rocamora, who is the new acting director of the Office of Alumni Relations.

Academic units that will be led by new officials include the College of Commerce and Business Administration with Assoc. Prof. Al Faithrich Navarrete, the former Commerce assistant dean, taking the helm in an acting capacity. 

Navarette replaced Assoc. Prof. Leonardo Canoy, who has been named officer in charge for UST General Santos, and tasked to start its business program.

Former Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) acting dean Jacqueline Lopez-Kaw will take charge of the Graduate School of Law, serving in an acting capacity. 

Replacing Kaw as Artlets acting dean is Prof. Melanie Turingan, who was appointed assistant dean of the faculty in 2022. 

Before taking on the administrative role at the faculty, Turingan was the University’s assistant registrar from 2018. 

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Asst. Prof. Renz Cadiang, who was the Faculty of Pharmacy’s secretary for seven years, replaced Prof. Frieda Hapan as the new Pharmacy assistant dean.

Asst. Prof. Mary Coronel and Raphael Kalaw were named college secretaries of the Conservatory of Music and the College of Fine Arts and Design, respectively.

Meanwhile, master teacher Victoria Torres was named as the officer in charge of the Junior High School’s Office of the Assistant Principal.


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