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Pascual turns over UP Presidency to Concepcion

President Alfredo Pascual, the 20th President of the University of the Philippine turned over the presidency to the 21st President, Atty. Danilo Concepcion on February 10, 2017 at the Quezon Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.

President Pascual’s Term was marked by strategic initiatives that launched UP on the path of a great university in the 21st century. He implemented bold reforms and programs to transform UP into a research intensive university, internationalize it as a global university, and strengthen it as a public service university. He formalized quality assurance of degree programs, incentivized faculty performance and development and ensured access of qualified students with financial difficulty.

President Concepcion was Dean of the UP College of Law before he was elected by the UP Board of Regents on November 15, 2016. President Concepcion, or Danicon as he is fondly called, is widely respected as one of the Philippines’ leading authorities in corporate law, specifically corporate governance, rehabilitation, and insolvency.

In his vision statement President said that the “task of the next president is to ensure that UP remains to its ideals. The essence of UP, he explained, is not merely to transmit knowledge, but to serve the nation; and this sense of mission should pervade all fronts of the univerisity’s functions from educating its students, to caring for its personnel, to defining its role in nation building... Honor and excellence with compassion should be the next UP President’s clarion call to encourage the UP community in serving the Filipino people.”

He was a consistent honor student who graduated valedictorian in both elementary and high schools. He finished Agricultural Engineering, summa cum laude, at De La Salle-Araneta University in 1979 and topped the Board examinations for Agricultural Engineering that same year. He obtained his LL.B., cum laude, from the College of Law in 1983 and his LL.M., from the University of London in 1986 as a Chevening Scholar, where he specialized in commercial arbitration, securities law, international finance, and international economics and trade law.

He was elected member of the Batasang Pambansa in 1978 and served until 1986 as a representative of the youth sector. He was appointed Associate Commisioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1996 and served until 2000.

President Concepcion served as President of the De la Salle University from 2000 to 2002 on secondment from UP. He returned to UP in 2002 and served in various capacities as Associate Dean of the UP College of Law, Head of the UP Law Center, and Director of the Institute of Judicial Administration until May 2006. He was appointed Vice President for Legal Afffairs of the UP System in February 2011 and was elected as the 14th Dean of the College of Law in June 2011. In 2015, he was appointed Executive Director of the Bonifacio Global City.

Currently, he sits at the Board of Governors of the Philippine Red Cross. He also teaches at the Philippine Judicial Academy and is a member of its Civil Code Committee. President Concepcion is a member of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Governing Board, as well as the Supreme Court of the Philippines’ Committee on Legal Education and Bar Matters.

Aside from being an academic and an administrator, President Concepcion has rendered a distinct public service by giving free legal advice over radio and television for the past 15 years, most notably in DZMM Teleradyo’s Usapang de Campanilla. (IPO with sources from the UPSIO)

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