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Search Committee for CSU Presidency presents applicants in public forum
The Catanduanes State University Search Committee for Presidency (CSU-SCP), an independent body formed by virtue of CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 16 Series of 2009, spearheaded the THE APPLICANTS - (left to right) Dr. Lily P. Custodio, dean of the CSU Graduate School; Dr. Minerva I. Morales, immediate past SUC President III and incumbent Officer In-Charge of the CSU; and Dr. Jimmy Masagca, associate professor of CSU College of Arts and Sciences.Public Presentation of applicants for President of Catanduanes State University (CSU) on March 17, 2013 at the CSU Gymnasium.

The three applicants for CSU Presidency—Dr. Lily P. Custodio, dean of the CSU Graduate School; Dr. Minerva I. Morales, immediate past SUC President III and incumbent Officer In-Charge of the CSU; and Dr. Jimmy Masagca, associate professor of CSU College of Arts and Sciences—took the centerstage to present their academic and professional credentials, and mission, vision, and programs.

The CSU Board of Regents-constituted CSU Search Committee for Presidency is chaired by the Rector and President of Aquinas University, Rev. Fr. Ernesto M. Arceo, with the Chairperson of the PASUC V and Bicol University President, Dr. Faye Lauraya; the Regional Director of CHED Region V, Dr. Freddie T. Bernal; Engr, Sammy V. Laynes, representing the Private Sector; and College of Education instructor Dr. Charlene Cantar, representing the academic community, as members.

The composition of the Search Committee is in accordance with Section 4 of the CHED Memorandum Order No. 16 Series 2009 or Rules and Regulations Governing the Search for President of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs).

While the normal search process, as stipulated in CHED CMO, starts at least six months prior to the end of the term of the incumbent President, what makes this search process practically unique to CSU alone is the provision in Section 9 of RA 10229 or An Act Converting the Catanduanes State Colleges into Catanduanes State University.

The last part of Section 9, which is the clincher in determining the First University President thus states: “Provided, that in order to effect a smooth transition to a state university, the CHED shall designate an Officer-in-Charge of the University, pending appointment of the first President of the University.”

CSU is the only higher education institution in the country which was converted into State University that has this peculiar provision. In all other SUCs in the Philippiness, the incumbent Presidents of the university-converted college automatically become the first university president. Hence, the time frame of the search process is also not as normally scheduled due to that unprecedented provision.

Notwithstanding the said unique clause contained in the law that created Catanduanes State University, the search process followed all other existing rules and regulations required by law.

As stated in the CHED Memorandum Order No. 16 series 2009, “after the Governing Board has constituted the Search Committee and its Secretariat, a notice for the SUC Presidency shall be published in at least one newspaper of national circulation for at least three consecutive weeks."

The CMO further states that the screening and selection of candidates/applicants shall generally consist of Compliance Check by the Secretariat, Profile Appraisal, Panel Interview by the Search Committee, Public Forum/Presentation, Finalization of the Search Committee for President Report, Submission of the SCP Report to the SUC Governing Board, and the Election of New President via Majority Vote of the Governing Board Members.

Moreover, as further provided for in the aforementioned CHED Memorandum Order, the applicants undergo three-tiered evaluation process composed of Profile Appraisal (Professional Competence and Academic Background), Public Forum, and Panel Interview.

Under Profile Appraisal – Professional Competence, the applicant’s crafted Philosophy, Mission and Vision is graded, as well as his or her Relevant Administrative Experiences, Managerial Competence, and Acceptability in the Community.

In the Academic Background, his or her Tertiary Level Teaching and Extension experiences are accordingly rated, as well as Relevant Academic and Research Background.

In the Public Forum, the applicants are rated according to their Personal Traits, Grasp and Ability to Respond to Situation; Mission, Vision, Programs; Public Image, Acceptability and Rapport with Constituents, and Personal Credibility. (GSRubio/CSU PR and Information)