The University Philippines set into motion the search process for the next UP Visayas Chancellor when UP President Danilo Concepcion issued AO No. PDLC –17- 35 on August 3, 2017.
A search committee was formed to manage the search process. The 2017 Search Committee for the Chancellor of UPV is chaired by Dr. Kevin Henry Villanueva with the following members representing the various sectors of UPV: Dr. Joy Lizada (senior faculty), Prof. Mary Ann Gumban (junior faculty), Febe Carmen (REPS), Brian Sapinosa (administrative staff), Therese Arianne Samson (student), and Vice-President Joselito Florendo as the UP President’s representative.
Two nominees are vying for the position. They are: Dr. Ricardo P. Babaran and Dr. Philip Ian P. Padilla.