On June 15, 2015, the University of Asia and the Pacific installed its Fourth President, Dr. Winston Conrad B. Padojinog, in simple but well-attended ceremonies which also coincided with the University Opening Rites. The opening rites is a tradition in UA&P which marks the start of the new academic year.
Below are excerpts from the Inaugural Address of Dr. Padojinog, where he vowed to ensure continuity while challenging the status quo and leading the process of change. Amid the expected challenges ahead, he encouraged the UA&P community to remember the legacy of the CRC pioneers, to give their best effort and to always be ready to help.
On the one hand, we are understandably anxious, especially about the future, and about how prepared we are to face the challenges that are coming our way. On the other, we are excited, because we also see a lot of great new possibilities for the university. . . .
What exactly are we going to do about it? For some time now, we have allowed circumstances to define who we are. Well then, let me challenge you. If the future is not clear for us, then let us create one that is!
To begin creating this future, I would like to suggest something counter-intuitive: that we look to the past and learn the lessons we need to be successful in the years to come.
Like some of you, I have had the privilege of listening to and learning from the stories of the founders of our institution, many of whom are still with us. They started CRC in 1967 . . . [with] very limited resources, no experience, no track record to speak of. But they had a clear focus, they had a keen spirit of enterprise and innovation, and they were driven by a strong sense of mission. . . .
They wanted to transform all levels of society by mobilizing like-minded individuals to focus on transmitting to the business community and policy makers good business economics and a strong Christian outlook, doing and sharing the results of research on issues very relevant to the needs of firms, industries, and the social milieu, and helping build and rebuild institutions. By and large, they succeeded, producing graduates who are now in positions—in government, in various industries—to influence their institutions and society for the good.
We are the heirs to this legacy. And it is no small accomplishment of ours that, despite everything else, we have kept alive the innovative spirit of our founders. From CRC’s original pioneering courses in industrial economics and economics education, we have continued to blaze a trail—in values education, in the humanities and liberal education, entrepreneurial management, in integrated marketing communications, in political economy, in human capital development, in general management. Indeed, one of our best traditions as an institution is that of being an academic innovator. . . .
We have what it takes to produce graduates who are liberally educated professionals and who will live and spread the Christian spirit in the family, in the workplace and in society.
You can read more about the inaugural speech of Dr. Winston Padojinog at the UA&P News page