Bukidnon State University welcomed a new president last January 8, 2015 in the person of Dr. Oscar Cabanelez.
Cabanelez replaced Dr. Victor Barroso, who has been BSU chief since 1999 and who will turn 70 years old on January 12, the mandatory retirement age set by the government.
Here are a few tidbits about the new president of Bukidnon State University, Dr. Oscar Binayao Cabanelez:
Married to Ligaya Caluya Cabanelez, Sir Oca (as he is fondly called by friends and colleagues) is father to Regie Cabanelez-Medidas and Jade Grace Cabanelez. Born in Malaybalay City, Sir Oca holds an Executive Doctorate Degree in Education Leadership, a Doctorate Degree in Education Management and a Masteral Degree in Education Administration.
Before his election as BSU President, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs. He rose from the ranks – from Faculty Assistant to the Principal to Principal to Regional Supervisor to Associate Dean to Program Director (Educational Administration) to Dean (Office of Student Affairs) to Dean (College of Community Education and Industrial Technology) to Vice President for Administration, Planning and Development to VPAA – and now, University President.
Sir Oca is also a recipient of numerous awards and citations including Young Teacher Ambassador to Japan (1985) and Most Outstanding Alumni of San Isidro High School (1993).
Among those who endorsed his application as President of Bukidnon State University are Malaybalay City Ignacio Zubiri, the National Network of Normal Schools, all the former presidents of BSU, the Schools Division Superintendent of Malaybalay, the BSU Center Administrators of Misamis Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Bukidnon, the Bukidnon Police Provincial Office and the PNP Ladies Club Learning Center.
He was also conferred datuship in 2013. The Bukidnon Tribal Council of Datus named him Datu Kahindugan (Civilizer).
Congratulations, Sir Oscar! Keep the BSU beacon light shining!
* Photo courtesy of BSU