Memos Vice President for Higher Education

15 March 2017



I am happy to announce to the community the appointment of FR MARCOS LOUIS D CATALÁN JR, SJ as Vice President for Higher Education. As such, he shall have primary leadership responsibilities in planning, implementing and coordinating academic programs and activities of the higher education schools and colleges. 

He holds a doctorate in Philosophy (2009) from the Universidad Pontificia Comillasin in Spain and a master’s degree in Theology from Ateneo de Manila University (1998). He graduated from De la Salle University with two bachelor’s degrees, one in Philosophy and another in Commerce- major in Accounting (1987).

Fr Louie is not altogether new to the community as he served as Head of the Religion Department of the (then) AdZU High School unit from 1992-1994 and also taught English and Filipino Literature and Grammar, and Religion subjects. Among his administrative/work experiences were the following: Treasurer of Loyola House of Studies (1996-98); Assistant Parish Priest in Olutanga, ZDS (1998-99); and, Secretary to the Provincial and Assistant Treasurer of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus (1999-2001).  His assignments prior to joining the AdZU community included serving as Minister (Administrator) of the Loyola House of Studies and as Pre-Divinity Program Coordinator; the most recent one being the Administrator of Jesuit Health and Wellness Center at Ateneo de Manila University.

As Fr Louie shall be available to assume office in the second semester of school year 2017-2018,   DR EVELYN G CHAVEZ is, thus, designated as Officer-in-Charge (OIC). I thank Dr Chavez for her willingness and generosity to serve as OIC-VP for Higher Education in the meantime. 

I also take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to DR REBECCA V FERNANDEZ for her dedicated service and leadership as Academic Vice President for thirteen years (2004-2017).  She has led the tertiary and graduate units through major transitions and challenges with intelligence, integrity and intrepidness which yielded significant gains for the University not only in terms of academic excellence but also in the professional growth of emerging leaders. I am grateful to her, too, making herself available to play an even greater role in the service of the University’s mission as a member of the Board of Trustees and as Assistant to the President for Quality Assurance and Leadership Development.

Lastly, I thank Fr Louie Catalan for joining us to help steer our University towards its mission of education and social transformation as the Jesuit University in Western Mindanao and beyond.  

University President

MEMO 16-17:38

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