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UPD has new deans

Delos Reyes            Dizer

(June 20)—The UP Board of Regents approved in its 1280th meeting the appointment of two new deans,  re-appointment for two current deans and the appointment of one new director this month.

The new deans are: Asst. Prof. Ronualdo U. Dizer for the College of Human Kinetics and Dr. Mario R. Delos Reyes for the School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP). Appointed to a second term were Dr. Flora Elena R. Mirano as dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Dr. Rolando B. Tolentino as dean of the College of Mass Communication.

The National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (NIMBB), meanwhile, will be getting a new director in the person of Dr. Cynthia Palmes-Saloma.  

Dizer, Chair of the Department of Physical Education, is taking over for Dr. Leilani Gonzalo, who helped steer the UP Pep Squad to a back-to-back championship at the UAAP Cheerdance Competition in 2010 and 2011.

Delos Reyes, Associate Professor at the SURP and Regional Node Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific of the United Nations Development Programme’s Public-Private Partnership for the Urban Environment–Collaborative Learning Course, takes over for Dr. Candido A. Cabrido, Jr.

Mirano and Tolentino have held their respective deanships since 2009. Mirano is a professor of Philippine Studies specializing in Philippine Art, Ethnomusicology and Comparative Literature while Tolentino is a noted film critic and scholar who won a National Book Award in 2008 for his book Sipat-Kultura.


Saloma, Professor 4 at the NIMBB and director of the Philippine Genome Center DNA Sequencing Core Facility, takes over for Dr. Cynthia T. Hedreyda. She received her PhD in Physiology in 1998 and her MS in Medical Science in 1995 from Osaka University, Japan. She holds two Bachelor's degrees, one in Molecular Biology from Nagoya University (1993) and the other in Fisheries from UP Visayas, where she finished her course in 3.5 years graduating with magna cum laude honors in October 1987.

The appointments of the five officials are effective June 1, 2012 to May 31, 2015.—AKR