USA-Iloilo names first Lay, Woman as VPAA

The University of San Agustin announced on April 22, 2021 the appointment of its newest academic leader, Prof. Regina Aileen May V. Vergara, Ph.D. as the first lay and first woman Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) in the 117 years of the university’s presence in the region.

Dr. Vergara took office on July 1, 2021 and one of her responsibilities is to lead the academic affairs and oversee the different colleges, departments, and programs of the university.

It was a long and diligent process of search and screening for the new VPAA of the university and upon recommendation of the University President, Rev. Fr. Frederick C. Comendador, OSA, in consultation with the General Advisory Council, the USA Board of Trustees approved the resolution during its BOT meeting on April 20, 2021.

The VPAA office is usually given to one of the Augustinian friars assigned in the University. The last Augustinian friar to hold the office was Rev. Fr. Manuel Vergara, OSA, who was reassigned to Colegio San Agustin – Biñan in June 2019.

Since then, the position has been vacant.

Before Dr. Vergara’s appointment, Fr. Comendador stood as the acting VPAA.

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