The Negros Oriental State University has a new president, Joel Limson, who garnered majority of the votes in yesterday's election by the NORSU Board of Regents at the National Capital Region.
Limson, 52, from Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, took his oath of office immediately after the voting of the BOR, presided over by Commission on Higher Education chairperson, Patricia Licuanan.
Rep. Pryde Henry Teves (Neg. Or., 3 rd District) said in a phone interview that he represented Rep. Roman Romulo (Pasig City) to the BOR, and had voted for Limson, who bested two other nominees to the presidency, namely, Noel Yasi and Virginia Lacuesta, both of NORSU.
The other BOR members present included director Efren Carreon, concurrent regional director of the National Economic Development Authority in Region 7 and the Negros Island Region, director Rowen Gelonga of the Department of Science and Technology of Region 6/NIR, Ricarte Santos and Marcelino Maxino from the private sector;
Vivian Estaquio for Senator Pia Cayetano, Dumaguete Councilor Nilo Sayson for the NORSU alumni federation, Elsa Bulado for the school faculty, and Vince Villanueva, representing the NORSU student government, Ricarte Santos said.
In a telephone interview, Santos said the delay in the election of a new NORSU president, after the five nominees were shortlisted to three last September 14, was due to the failure to get a 100 percent attendance of the board.
The Board of Regents got a 100 percent attendance yesterday, thus an election was held.
Teves said Limson got an overwhelming vote and “virtually was number in all of the five qualifications” set by CHED for the NORSU presidency.
Limson got “impressive' credentials and one of his greater achievements was to make Negros Iloilo College, which he headed before the NORSU position, as an ISO (international standards) university within a two-year time frame.
Teves expressed confidence in the new president, saying he has “high expectations” of him.
Teves said he voted in behalf of Romulo for an “outsider”, referring to Limson, to “diffuse the heavy factionalism within the (NORSU) system”.
NORSU's former president, Don Vicente Real, was removed from office after several charges were filed against him, to include alleged grave misconduct, dishonesty, falsification of public or official documents, and gross dishonesty, among others.
Peter Dayot was named OIC president since then, and was also present during the BOR's election but did not vote because of the nature of his position as OIC, Teves said.
Limson is expected to report to NORSU on Monday, Teves added.
He graduated at the Negros Oriental Agricultural School or the NONAS before, where his father was former administrator. He obtained his masteral and doctorate degrees from the Isabela State University.*JFP/JG
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