The Board of Trustees, at its special meeting last 29 June 2010, elected FR. JOSE RAMON T. VILLARIN, S.J. to be the next University President for an initial 3-year term from April 1, 2011 - March 31, 2014.
FR. JOSE RAMON T. VILLARIN, S.J.
Fr. Villarin graduated B.S. Physics, Magna Cum Laude and Class Valedictorian, Ateneo de Manila University, 1980; M.S. Physics, MarquetteUniversity in Wisconsin, 1987; STB Theology Summa Cum Laude, Loyola School of Theology, 1991. He acquired his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1997.
Fr. Villarin entered the Sacred Heart novitiate in May 1981 and was ordained priest in January 2005.
He received the National Outstanding Young Scientist award in 2000, and the Outstanding Book Award for "Disturbing Climate" in 2002. He is also an active member of several local and international environment and climate committees, such as the United Nations' Consultative Group of Experts for Developing Countries, and the Inter-Agency Committee on Climate Change, among others.
He has held various positions as campus minister and faculty member in Physics at the Loyola Schools, Chief of Climate Studies in the Manila Observatory, member of the Board of Trustees of Ateneo universities in Manila, Davao, and Zamboanga; and currently as the President of Xavier University.
The Search Committee, in its report to the Board, stated that Fr. Villarin has "the academic stature, leadership experience, and a good grasp of the demands of the position" to be the next University President.
We thank Fr. Villarin for accepting this new mission to serve in the Ateneo de Manila University.