LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The newly installed president of the State-run Benguet State University (BSU) started his 4-year tour of duty in the higher education institution by naming key officials from the university who will assist him in the swift execution of the programs, projects and activities geared towards elevating the school to greater heights.
BSU president Dr. Felipe S. Comila named Dr. Johnny Dati as the incoming Vice President for Business Affairs, Dr. Imelda Olatic-Degay as the incoming Vice President for Academic Affairs, Atty. Allan Sacpa as the incoming Vice President for Administration and Finance and Dr. Romeo Gomez as the incoming Vice President for Research and Extension.
However, the designation of the key officers will take effect on January 1, 2020 to pave the way for the smooth transition between the outgoing and incoming officers and awaiting the endorsement of both the university’s administration and academic councils.
He added that other designations for other personnel in key offices in the institution will be released in the coming days so that he will be able to organize a formidable team that will pave the way for the smooth execution of the overall pans and programs that will bring back the status of the university as the solid partner of concerned government agencies and the local governments in advancing the state of the academe amidst the prevailing global pandemic.
The new BSU head admitted that there are numerous issues and concerns that must be immediately addressed that is why it is important that there will be responsible officers who should already be designated to occupy the various key positions in the different offices to allow the same to be given appropriate action for the welfare of the concerned stakeholders and the partners of the university.
Upon assumption to office, Comila immediately went to visit the Buguias and Bokod campuses of the university to conduct consultations with the concerned stakeholders to get their inputs and insights on how to undertake and implement the needed reforms, programs and projects that will ensure the realization of the overall vision, mission, goals and objectives that had been outlined for the present term.
On December 9, 2020, BSU officer-in-charge Danilo Bose of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will be formally turning over to Comila the leadership of the higher education institution during simple turnover ceremonies that will be conducted at the BSU closed gymnasium to ensure the compliance of the prescribed basic health and safety protocols among those who will be physically attending the affair.
“We will be a listening president to ensure that all issues and concerns will be properly ventilated before we will make the appropriate decisions that will be beneficial to the interest of the university and its stakeholders. We will remain to be compassionate and considerate but we will not compromise the interest of the university and its partners because it is the development of the youth as responsible and productive professionals that matters,” Comila stressed.
He stated that he will embrace an open door policy in the institution so that people from all walks of life could bring to the attention of the concerned departments issues and concerns that must be given the needed action for the enhancement of the relationship between the community, the private sector and the university in advancing the state of the academe in the new normal.