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DLSU’s first woman and lay president receives honorary doctorate from St. Mary’s College of California

DLSU Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Carmelita Quebengco

DLSU Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Carmelita Quebengco

DLSU’s first woman and lay President, now Chancellor Emeritus, Dr. Carmelita Quebengco AFSC marked another milestone in her career and in the University’s history as she was conferred an honorary doctorate by St. Mary’s College of California during its Academic Convocation in the first quarter of 2018.

The first woman honoree of St. Mary’s College Academic Convocation, Quebengco was conferred the degree Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, honoris causa. It is her second honorary degree; she received her first honorary doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management in 2010 from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, USA.

She was recognized for her pioneering work and leadership in education, specifically at De La Salle College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) where she served as founding Dean; the various innovations she introduced at DLS-CSB and DLSU; and her establishment of a culturally appropriate school for Mangyan children in the uplands of Southern Mindoro.

Furthermore, she was cited for her work at the Pacific Asia Regional Conference of the Lasallian Institute as well as the Lasallian Education Mission Office of the Christian Brothers Institute in Rome, where she is one of only two first lay women Lasallian Partners appointed by the Superior General to a leadership post.

In her speech, Quebengco shared lessons from her experience as a Lasallian teacher, researcher, and administrator. A University Fellow who has risen from the ranks, she spoke of the various challenges that she faced, such as the time she was still a teacher at La Salle Green Hills until she found her vocation, helping the Hanunuo Mangyans, an indigenous tribe in Mindoro and one of the most neglected sectors in the country.

She became a DLSU faculty and later administrator assigned to various posts, eventually becoming the first woman Executive Vice President/Chancellor of the University. During her watch as the first lay and woman University President in 2003, DLSU received the highest accreditation level in the Philippines and ranked as the top private university in the country in the THES-QS World University Rankings that year. She currently serves as Senior Consultant to the DLSU President, and likewise holds the position of one of three At-large Trustees of the International Association of La Salle Universities (IALU).  There are only two women in the IALU Board. Quebengco is also a Trustee of some 20 schools and universities, national professional organizations, NGOs, and educational accrediting bodies.

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