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New Hau President to be sworn in

Dr. Luis Maria R. Calingo will be formally sworn in as the ninth President of Holy Angel University (HAU) on February 12, eight months after joining the biggest private Catholic university in Central Luzon.

Dr. Calingo succeeds Dr. Arlyn S. Villanueva who resigned in May 2014. Board of Trustees member Engr. Geromin T. Nepomuceno Jr. served as Acting President during the interregnum.


Dr. Patricia Licuanan, chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education, will administer the oath of office while the Most Rev. Florentino Lavarias, Archbishop of San Fernando, will give an apostolic blessing to the new President.


Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Kalookan Bishop Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David, and University of the Philippines (UP) President Alfredo Pascual lead sector representatives who will deliver "Calls to Service" to the new President.


Prior to HAU, Dr. Calingo held numerous leadership positions in public and private education institutions in the United States, including the Woodbury University where he served as President, and the the Dominican University of California where he was successively business school dean, chief academic officer and executive vice president.


Dr. Calingo recently won the prestigious Juran Medal, the gold standard for quality management in the Philippines. He was cited for his work in developing and implementing the Philippine Quality Award (PQA) based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, where he is an examiner. The Baldrige Award is the highest recognition for quality and business excellence given by the President of the United States.


Since joining HAU in June, Dr. Calingo has jumpstarted the University's bid for the Philippine Quality Award in addition to its applications for renewal of autonomous status by CHEd and reaccreditation by national and international accrediting bodies.


He also vowed to make HAU "the workplace of choice" in the region by offering a development and incentives package for faculty to save them from retrenchment during the K-to-12 transition and prepare them for the return of college freshmen in 2018. Dr. Calingo likewise signed a peace agreement with the teachers and employees union which paved the way for a new CBA negotiation.


Dr. Calingo also required all Christian Living faculty to comply with the Ex corde Ecclesiae mandatum of pledging allegiance to the teachings of the Catholic Church, a move that the influential Cardinal Newman Society recently cited as a role model for other Catholic universities in the world.


Date Posted: 01-20-2016