New USC President assumes today
In simple ceremonies at the Downtown Campus Chapel, Fr. Narciso A. Cellan Jr., SVD, D.Comm. (photo) assumed today as the eleventh President of the University of San Carlos even as the global coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of easing.
Fr. Cellan was elected by the USC Board of Trustees on February 15, 2020 (see related story) to replace Fr. Dionisio M. Miranda, SVD, S.Th.D. who had successfully shepherded the university at a time when the Philippine educational system underwent its most radical change ever, introducing the Senior High School Program and the New General Education Curricula, among others. As a result, the university is now ranked fifth by Quacquarelli Symonds this year in its list of seven leading universities in the country.
The new president faces equally challenging times as the country reels from the impact of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) forcing the temporary closure of educational institutions as a precautionary measure. Fr. Pres. Cellan is expected to hit the ground running preparing the university for the so-called new normal in the teaching-learning process. This will be carried out as far as possible through the use of the Internet through online teaching platforms until a vaccine will be found.
Fr. Pres. Cellan holds a doctorate degree in communication from the University of the Philippines Open University in 2015. Before joining the university as Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs in 2018, he was, like his predecessor, a Divine Word missionary, working among the people in the SVD Kenya-Tanzania Province for 17 years. It is expected that his missionary experience, coupled with his academic qualifications, will be of vital importance as he continues the reforms initiated by Fr. Miranda, with the guidance of the USC Board of Trustees.
We wish Fr. Pres. Cellan all the best as he begins his three-year term at the helm of the University of San Carlos
by Jose Eleazar R. Bersales, Ph.D.