Our very own president shines bright as she has been recently included in the hall of fame of the state colleges and universities (SCUs).
Dr. Grace J. Rebollos, among the women presidents of leading SCUs in the country today, has been featured in a story that came out in the July 29 issue of The Philippines Star Education Section entitled “More women at the helm of SCUs” by Rudy A. Fernandez.
The story enumerates a number of “women who have risen to prominence in the country’s tertiary institution because of their outstanding achievements as academic[ian]s and scientists.”
The other women executives who were given due recognition were Dr. Emerlinda Ramos-Roman, University of the Philippines System (UPS) President; Dr. Miriam Pascua, Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) President; Dr. Cecilia Gascon, Southern Luzon State University (SLSU) President; and Dr. Fay Lea Patria Lauraya, Bicol University (BU) President, among others.
Dr. Rebollos marked the history of WMSU as the first ever suma cum laude produced by the university with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Major in Mathematics).
She finished her degree in Master of Arts in Teaching (Social Studies) at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City in 1978. She pursued and completed her degree in Doctor of Education (Social Studies) in 1983 at the same university.
Furthermore, she also had her Post-doctoral Training in Moral Development and Education at the University of Minnesota, USA; and completed her Studies in Conflict Research and Religious Peacebuilder Skills for Conflict Transformation at the Eastern Mennonite University, USA.
Under her administration, WMSU has intensified its extension services in pursuant to her slogan, “La Unibersidad na Servicio del Comunidad.” The university helps in the peace process with the Center for Peace and Development actively participating in the conduct of sectoral consultations together with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, as well as with the participation of Dr. Rebollos herself in the peace process as member of the Government of the Philippines Peace Panel.
Moreover, through her leadership, WMSU was recently declared as one of the 11 performing SCUs in the country in terms achieving its four-pronged mandate of instruction, research, extension and production in spite of it operating under a tight financial condition. (Almar E. Villanueva, WMSU-PAO)