MANILA, May 29, 2016— A Filipino priest has been elected as the new rector of a Rome-based Catholic university of which Saint John Paul II is among the alumni.
Fr. Rolando de la Rosa will head to Angelicum as the first Asian to hold the highest post in the Dominican-run Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Dela Rosa will serve a term of four years, from Sept. 1, 2016 to 2020, succeeding Fr. Miroslav Konštanc Adam, OP.
The university has an illustrious list of alumni that includes Saint John Paul II who took a Doctorate in Sacred Theology.
The priest served as rector of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila for a combined total of 13 years, from 1990-1998 and from 2007-2012.
His leadership gave birth to the Network of Dominican schools which he founded in 1995, more popularly known as DOMNET, which continues to organize projects that benefit its members.
De la Rosa also served as chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) during the Arroyo administration.
The priest has an impressive academic record that speaks well of his background as an educator and an educational leader.
He graduated magna cum laude in three of his academic degrees – Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the Dominican House of Studies, Licentiate Degree in Sacred Theology from UST, and Doctorate in Philosophy in Religious Studies.
De la Rosa also received a meritissimus for his Masteral Degree in Higher Religious Studies in UST. He finished his Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Katholieke Universitiet Leuven in Belgium.
Before his first term as rector, he had already served as acting UST secretary general, director of the Santo Tomas University Press, and professor of the Graduate School and the Faculty of Sacred Theology. (CBCPNews)