14 March 2017
MEMO TO : THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY
RE : NEW MEMBERS OF THE ADZU BOARD OF TRUSTEES
I am happy to inform the community of the election of Fr RICHARD V ELLA SJ, Mr JOAQUIN GREGORIO P CORTEZ and Dr REBECCA V FERNANDEZ to the AdZU Board of Trustees during the Corporation/BOT meeting on 25 February 2017.
Mr Sonny Cortez is an alumnus of the Ateneo de Zamboanga (HS, 1967) and of the Ateneo de Manila University (BA-Econonics, 1971). He holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) with a specialization in Transportation Planning from the School of Urban and Regional Planning, University of the Philippines in Diliman, QC. His work prior to his retirement was at the Fisheries Policy and Planning Division , Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as a Planning Officer. His UN career spanned two decades and took him to missions and assignments in 14 Asian countries, 11 West African nations, 5 Caribbean island nations, Panama in Central/South America, the United States and Canada, and Austria.
Fr Richard, who entered the Society on 30 May 2000 and was ordained in 2011, joined us in September last year as the new Assistant to the President for Administration. His most recent assignment prior to coming over was as University Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministries Office at the Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City. He also served as the School Director of Saint Isidore High School, the only Jesuit-run Catholic high school in the agricultural area of the Upper Pulangi Region of Bukidnon (2012 – 2014).
Dr Becky Fernandez joins the Board after serving as Academic Vice President for 13 years. Aside from teaching undergraduate courses in Philosophy (1972-2002) and graduate courses (2002-2006), she spent almost four decades in the following administrative posts: Senior Dean of the Colleges (2004-2008), Dean/Associate Dean/Division Head of the Arts and Sciences (2003-2004, 1997-1999, 1994-1997, 1990-1993), Dean of
Education (2002-2003), Chair of the Philosophy Department (1979-1993, 19961999) and Acting Chair of the Languages Department (1993-1994). She is an alumna of the Ateneo de Zamboanga (BA-English, 1971 – magna cum laude), and of the Ateneo de Manila University (MA in Philosophy, 1978). She is one of the pioneering graduates of AdZU’s Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program in Development Management (2002).
I thank Mr Cortez, Fr Richard, and Dr Fernandez for their generosity in sharing their time and leadership in the service of the mission of the Ateneo de Zamboanga University.
I also take this opportunity to thank Dr ALEJANDRINO FERRERIA who served in the Board for two terms (six years), Fr MARLITO G OCON SJ, and Br CARLITO M GASPAR, CSsR, whose participation in the Board these past many years helped significantly in moving the University forward in its mission.
FR KAREL S SAN JUAN SJ