Four candidates from the academic sector are vying for office of president of the Negros Oriental State University, a government press release said.
They are Dr. Ma. Elsa Ilona Austria Bulado, NORSU vice president for Administration and Special Concerns; Dr. Reynaldo Geronides Tan, a professional electrical and mechanical engineer, who is a lecturer at NORSU Graduate School; Dr. Briccio Merced Jr., librarian of the University of the Philippines Mindanao; and Dr. Don Vicente Real, administrator of NORSU Bais City Campus.
The four presented their vision for the school and the programs they wish to pursue during the public forum held yesterday at the NORSU Cultural and Sports Center.
They also answered questions from the audience, mainly composed of University students, faculty and staff, and representatives from the local government, non-government organizations, civil society and private sectors, and the media, the press release added.
The forum, that forms 25 percent of the total criteria, is part of the search for the new NORSU president, when the term of Dr. Henry Sojor ends on July 12.
The search committee for the presidency is composed of Silliman University president Ben Malayang as chair, Cebu Normal University president Marcelo Lopez, former National Economic Development Authority 7 director Marlene Rodriguez, Commission on Higher Education Region 7 director Amelia Biglete, and Cecilia Abringe, who represents the alumni, faculty, and student sectors.
Malayang said that after the public forum, the committee will interview each candidate, and then the group will decide on the names of the top three that it will submit to the Board of Regents for consideration.
The committee will assess the candidates based on administrative experience, academic credentials and qualifications, personal integrity, and personality, or on how she or he is perceived by the NORSU community.
“Our role is to vet, assess, and evaluate the candidates. It's the Board of Regents alone that can make the decision on who to elect among the names we submit to them,” Malayang said in the press release.*
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