Words by Zea Ancheta
UPLB Chancellor Dr. Jose V. Camacho, Jr. took his oath of office during the turnover and oath taking ceremony at the Baker Memorial Hall on November 4, succeeding then-chancellor Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr.
Camacho was selected as the 10th UPLB Chancellor on September 24, 2020 at the 1354th meeting of the Board of Regents (BOR). He will be serving a three year term beginning November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2023.
Prior to Camacho’s appointment, the students of UPLB had expressed their inclination to have a “pro-student and pro-people chancellor”. The students demanded for a future administration that will listen to their voices and who will “heed the students’ concerns”.
The UPLB College of Economics and Management Student Council (CEMSC) stated that his consideration for the university’s constituents as well as the Filipino community gives him an edge over his fellow candidates for the chancellorship.
“What makes him stand out among the two other nominees is his acknowledgement of the importance of the students, faculty and staff, alumni and stakeholders, and even the Filipino community for the University,” CEMSC wrote in their statement.
In a dialogue discussing the welfare of university constituents back when he was still the chancellor-select, Camacho expressed his commitment to resolve concerns regarding pending Maximum Residency Rule (MRR) and readmission cases within his first two to three weeks in office.
During his campaign, Camacho promoted his vision of a “future-proofed” UPLB wherein the student body and all human resources within UPLB would be the center of his service.
Camacho, reiterating the importance of consulting with university constituents, also promised to conduct a meeting every two weeks with the executive committee and the University Student Council (USC) in his term. [P]
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