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Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, O.P.

"Ex-Rector is new CHED head", was the headline of a University publication in 2004. Indeed, that was what became of Rev. Fr. Rolando V. Dela Rosa's "professional life" after two school administrative posts: the rectorship of the University of Santo Tomas (1990 to 1998) and the Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba (2003). He served government as the highest man at the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) in 2004.

His educational leadership is marked by the changes he initiated in the institutions which he served. Bringing with him his youthful idealism and the influence of a non-restrictive education in Europe, as new Rector of UST, his administrative program was towards motivating the faculty members to earn graduate degrees, engage into a more dynamic faculty development program, and conduct research. At the Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba, he has merely started to implement the changes he planned for the school when President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo handpicked him to chair the CHED. At the CHED, the academic that he was, he seriously looked into the curriculum of schools, their academic programs, and their performance in the licensure examinations, and from there, started to map the changes that his administration would work on.

Dela Rosa's leadership gave birth to the Network of Dominican Schools/ Colleges/Universities which he founded in 1995. This organization is more popu-larly known as DOMNET. This was a legacy that he left to the member-institutions who up to this time, continue to embark on projects that benefit its members. UST, ten years after his foundation of DOMNET, still plays a highly significant role in the group.

Dela Rosa is a respected and a multi-awarded writer, having received the National Book Award in History (1991) and the Catholic Authors Award (1997). He is a prolific writer with eight books published and still printing; and with almost 200 articles published in journals and newspapers touching on varied subject matters. Now that he has returned to teaching after his government stint, he has also resumed with his writing a column for the Manila Bulletin.

His talent for writing is coupled with his gift for speaking. Fr. Roland is a much sought-after speaker on various topics that include religion, faith, teaching, leadership, government service, education, youth and culture.

Dela Rosa, who was bom on June 27, 1952, has an impressive academic record that highly speaks well of an educator and an educational leader; he has consistently hurdled all his academic degrees with all the possible academic awards that he could possibly attain. Civil Degrees: Dominican House of Studies, A.B. Philosophy, Magna cum Laude (1977), University of Santo Tomas, M.A. Higher Religious Studies, Summa cum Laude (1984), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Ph.D. Higher Religious Studies, Magna cum Laude (1988).

Ecclesiastical Degrees: University of Santo Tomas, Bachelor in Sacred Theology, Magna cum Laude (1980) , University of Santo Tomas, Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Magna cum Laude (1984), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Magna cum Laude (1988).

Reference:

  • TOTAL Awards 2006 Souvenir Program
    17 February 2006, UST Central Seminary Gymnasium
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