Baliuag University (BU), the first autonomous school in Region III, recently celebrated the installation of its second President, Dr. Patricia B. Lagunda, in a solemn ceremony on August 5, 2015, before a crowd of students, alumni, staff, faculty members, provincial politicians, academics and select university presidents across the country.
With the theme, “Glorious Past, Radiant Future,” the event also gave tribute to its first president, Dr. Alicia S. Bustos, whose leadership placed the institution in the Philippine academic map for producing graduates who land in the Top 10 of national board ratings in the fields of nursing, accountancy, education and library science.
Wearing a black and blue academic gown, President Lagunda as she thanked the Board of Trustees for giving her the opportunity to steer the University to greater achievements even as she faces K-12 issues and ASEAN integration challenges. “We have to ensure that our graduates are equipped with 21st century skills in information and media technology, learning and innovation skills, effective communication, and life and career.”
Her position may be new, but the leadership role is familiar to Dr. Lagunda, who joined BU in 1995 as Vice President for Administration and External Relations. A Ph.D. holder in educational leadership and management, she also taught at the School of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education concomitant to her administrative work and was later promoted to Executive Vice President.
Aside from her background in the academe, she also served as president of the Zonta Club of Baliuag, part of a larger Zonta International organization of professionals empowering women worldwide. She also assumed the presidency of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU) in 2012 and 2014. In the same period, she served as vice chair and eventually chairman of the Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA). At present, she is a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Retirement Annuity Association (PERAA).
Members of the Board of Trustees, led by its chairperson, Dr. Alicia S. Bustos, hailed the installation of the new President, believing that she is the leader needed by the University to bring about the necessary changes to respond to the global challenges in education. “I am confident in her leadership and ability to lead this institution to new levels of academic excellence,” said Dr. Bustos.
Baliuag University, which is also celebrating its 90th founding anniversary, promotes excellence in education, research, and scholarship. It prepares students to become globally competitive and to make a difference in their respective areas of service and leadership.