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PIA Press Release
2006/09/29

Second Southern Leyte state university president installed

By Erna Sy Gorne

Southern Leyte (29 September) -- The investiture of the second president of Southern Leyte State University (SLSU) officially paved the way for Dr, Gloria Markines Reyes to assume as the lady president of the 30 months old university yesterday.

The official assumption to office of the SLSU presidency takes effect from August 6, 2006 - August 6, 2010.

The SLSU has five campuses with diversified field of specializations are based in the municipalities of Bontoc, Hinunangan, San Juan, Sogod and Tomas Oppus, all of Southern Leyte. SLSU-Bontoc campus focused on fishery and aquatic research, SLSU-Hinunangan campus has expertise on agriculture and forestry,

While, SLSU-San Juan campus specializes on business administration and entrepreneurship, SLSU-Sogod campus is known for trade, technology and engineering and SLSU-Tomas Oppus campus continues to led as the learning institution for teacher education in the province.

SLSU President Reyes aimed to transform the university as the top learning institution in the region and continues to make higher education at affordable cost and accessible to the people in Southern Leyte.

That she would push for the expansion of school curriculum as designed to each campuses, decentralize decision making to encourage initiative, open the communication lines with the students, among her priority reforms to further develop SLSU under her administration. This also includes the conduct of action research to address the abaca's disease bunchy top virus that threatened the abaca industry of the province.

The investiture was graced with the presence of Congressman Roger Mercado, who also pledged to fully support the programs of the university in Congress. Together with Provincial Administrator Genis Murallos representing Governor Rosette Lerias, presidents of universities namely Dr. Mike Udtohan, president of the University of Muntinlupa, Dr. Edward Chua, president of the Asian Foundation, representiative of Dr. Noni Ricafort, Commissioner on CHED, the Board of regents, campus administrators and faculties of the five SLSU campuses, among others.

Meanwhile, relative to the movements within the SLSU management, Dr. Jude Duarte, former Campus Adminstrator of SLSU-Tomas Oppus has become the Vice President for Administration and Dr. Jane Labastida as Vice President for Student Affairs.

The one day investiture activities commenced with motorcade parade in the morning then it was followed with Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service in the afternoon. After which the investiture ceremony was followed with fellowship dinner and cultural dance presentation. (PIA Maasin) [top]

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