THE University of the Philippines has a new president — Danilo Concepcion, dean of the premier university’s College of Law.
Concepcion was chosen by 11 members of the UP Board of Regents (BOR), besting five other nominees: UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Concepcion, Science Undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Cristina Guevara, UP Diliman Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Benito Pacheco, Public Administration Prof. J. Prospero de Vera 3rd, and UP Diliman National Institute of Physics Prof. Caesar Saloma.
Concepcion, known for his radio program Usapang de Campanilla on DZMM, will replace Alfredo Pascual who will step down in February 2017. He will be the university’s 21st president.
Concepcion took up Agricultural Engineering at the De La Salle-Araneta University where he graduated as summa cum laude.
He later took up law at UP, graduating as a cum laude in 1983. He later topped the bar examinations.
He earned his Master of Laws degree from the University of London in 1986 where he was a scholar of the British government.
After receiving his master’s degree, he returned to UP in 2002 and became an Associate Dean of the College of Law. He also headed the UP Law Center and was a director of the Institute of Judicial Administration until May 2006.
Concepcion is currently a law professor, a bar reviewer, corporate law practitioner and radio and television personality.
During the university’s search for the next UP president, Concepcion said “compassion” will be his focus “so that members of the UP community may better serve the university and the country.”
He said he intends to look at the possibility of free tuition and increase of the number of foreign students. He will also review policies on housing, honoraria, health benefits, contractualization and retirement benefits.