The University of the Philippines Baguio conducted the turn-over of chancellorship from Dr. Raymundo D. Rovillos to Dr. Corazon L. Abansi, 14 April 2021.
In a ceremony held at the UP Baguio Oblation grounds, Chancellor Abansi accepted the mace of UP Baguio on the first day of her official assumption of duty as chancellor. Dr. Abansi will serve as the chief executive of the UP Baguio from 14 April 2021 until 13 April 2024. Her appointment was approved by the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines in its 1359th Meeting held 25 March 2021, following the search process that commenced in January 2021. Dr. Abansi is the third chancellor of the UP Baguio, immediately succeeding Dr. Rovillos whose term ended on 13 April 2021. Dr. Rovillos served three consecutive terms as chancellor of UP Baguio, 2012-2021.
A Professor of Economics, Dr. Abansi is erstwhile Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of UP Baguio. She has a B.S. in Agricultural Economics, major in Finance (1980), an M.S. in Agricultural Economics, major in Marketing (1989), and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics, major in Natural Resource Economics (1997) all from UP Los Baños, and an M.A. in Economics, major in Environmental Economics (1994) from UP Diliman.
In her summary of significant achievements and qualifications presented to the public as a nominee for the chancellorship, Dr. Abansi says that she sees herself "as a dynamic leader with significant managerial experience in higher education, a passionate teacher with sustained scholarship in multi-disciplinary research and a devoted servant of the community." This honing of her skills in coordination, negotiation and supervision come from over a decade of serving in leadership positions in mission-critical offices in UP Baguio including as the University's Director of Students Affairs (AY 2012-2015), as the director of UP Baguio's Institute of Management (AY 2011-2012), and as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (2015-2021). Prior to joining UP Baguio, Dr. Abansi was with the De La Salle University Lipa as Vice-Chancellor for Academics and Research.
A consummate scholar with multiple International Publication awards and consistent awardee of the One-UP Professorial Chair for two consecutive terms (2015-2017; 2018-2021), she has also been conferred the title of University Scientist I (2018-2020). Her research and advocacy interests include the protection of the environment and improvement of the quality of education. Contributing to her body of work are publications in the last ten years spawned by multidisciplinary and collaborative research projects with her colleagues from other disciplines and other universities. All these constituting her extensive experience in institutional management and academic leadership would serve as her wellspring of knowledge in her continuing journey with the University.
In the turnover ceremony, Chancellor Abansi also announced the new members of the Executive Staff, namely Dr. Rosemary M. Gutierrez and Dr. Santos Jose O. Dacanay III. Dr. Gutierrez will serve as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs while Dr. Dacanay will serve as Vice Chancellor for Administration. Dr. Dacanay replaced Professor Jessica K. Cariño whose retirement coincided the end of her appointment as Vice Chancellor on 13 April 2021. Dr. Rovillos and Prof. Cariño were also recognized in the ceremony for their invaluable service to the University.
The short and meaningful program was attended by members of the Executive Staff, heads of administrative offices, and University employees present on campus.
(UP Baguio Public Affairs)