DAVAO CITY – The University of the Philippines will be convening a search committee to start a search process for its next chancellor, in a memorandum signed by UP President Alfredo Pascual last September 21.
The memorandum said “(t)he term of office of the Chancellor of UP Mindanao will end on 28 FEBRUARY 2016. This Memorandum is hereby issued to commence a search process for the next Chancellor of UP Mindanao pursuant to Section 18 of RA 9500 which provides that: ‘The Chancellor of the constituent university shall be elected by the Board upon nomination of the President of the University, following a process of consultation with the constituents of the constituent university based on standards and guidelines set by the Board.'”
In its timetable, the search process will start the nominations to the Search Committee on October 6-15; constitute the Search Committee on October 21-23; and submit nominations for Chancellor on November 6.
The Search Committee will submit its report to the UP President on November 27 and the Board of Regents will choose the next chancellor in a meeting on January 28 next year.
“Crucial to the process is the creation of a Search Committee whose members shall consist of men and women of unquestionable, unassailable integrity who enjoy the respect of their constituents and maintain the highest regard for the interests of the University,” the memo said.
The Search Committee is a fact-finding body whose job is to gather all relevant information for the President and the Board of Regents.
The Search Committee shall consist of two senior faculty members (Associate Professor/Full Professor/University Professor/Emeritus Professor); and a junior faculty member (Assistant Professor/Instructor); a Research, Extension and Professional Staff (REPS); an administrative staff; a student; and a representative of the UP President from outside the constituent university.
The UP President shall appoint the members of the Search Committee on or before October 23.
Qualification for the Chancellorship includes: “commitment to academic freedom and the values and ideals of the University; distinction in the nominee’s chosen field of expertise coupled with a generalist view and an appreciation of other disciplines; a Filipino citizen with a strong nationalist commitment; a demonstrated observance of the principles of collegiality and democratic process; with unquestionable moral integrity; with academic leadership and administrative skills; and a willingness to serve as Chancellor on a full-time basis for the full term of three years.”
“The nominee need not be presently connected with the University. He/She, however, must have previous ties with the university (e.g., as a graduate or former faculty member),” said the Memo. (davaotoday.com)