By Roi Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – St. Paul University Dumaguete (SPUD) is now under the leadership of its new President Sr. Joseline R. Lasala, SPC.
SPUD External Affairs Director Rafael Duhaylungsod said the university’s outgoing President Sr. Nintha Lucilla Baldado will take a new post in Davao City.
Sr. Lasala is the 12th president of SPUD.
Prior to this, she served as the Vice-President for Administrative Affairs and Chair of the Center for Environmental Stewardship and Pollution Control Officer at St. Paul University Manila.
Sr. Lasala’s appointment as new SPUD president became effective since June 1 but her formal installation will take place on August 20 which includes a celebration of the Holy Eucharist to be presided by Bishop Julito Cortes of the Diocese of Dumaguete.
Duhaylungsod said expected to grace the installation ceremony are some dignitaries, government leaders, heads of various schools and colleges in the city, and officials from other Paulinian institutions around the country.
He also added that the new president will work on continuing the university’s viable programs and projects initiated by the previous leadership, uphold the academic excellence of the university, maintain all global standards and accreditations as well as strengthen the symbols of a catholic educational institution anchored on spirituality, excellence and service.
“Her greatest challenge now is the transition period of the country’s K – 12 Program but she is optimistic that everything will work positively,” Duhaylungsod said.
Sr. Lasala is a licensed chemical engineer, educator, administrator, and environmental advocate.
She comes from Del Carmen in Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte.
She obtained a degree on Chemical Engineering at the University of San Jose Recoletos in Cebu in 1980 and passed the licensure exam a year after.
Sr. Lasala took Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) Major in Educational Management at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City in 1995. She also has a Doctor of Philosophy (PH.D.) Environmental Studies from Miriam College (Formerly Maryknoll College) in Quezon City.
She is an Accredited Pollution Control Officer (PCO) and affiliated with the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) of the DENR – Environmental Management Bureau in the National Capital Region from 2013 up to the present.
She entered the the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres (SPC) on April 1984 and held numerous assignments around the country as a Vice-President for Administrative Affairs, Faculty Member, General Services Officer, Community Superior, School Administrator/Principal, Chair of the Environmental Stewardship Program and Pollution Control Officer in the different SPC institutions.
Prior to her religious life, she was a chemical engineer of the Manila Mining Corporation assigned in Placer, Surigao del Norte, then she entered the Department of Education in Surigao del Norte as Secondary Education Faculty.
Her passion for educational enhancement prompted her to be part of St. Paul University Surigao City (formerly San Nicolas College) as faculty from 1983 until 1984, he added. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/with reports from SPUD External Affairs Department/This article was originally published at PIA Website on June 10, 2016)