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ABOUT THE PRESIDENT


 List of the current and former Presidents of Notre Dame University.
 

8th President

Rev. Fr. Charlie M. Inzon, OMI
(2014-present)


Fr. CHARLIE M. INZON, OMI, PhD was born on November 24, 1965 in Castilla, Sorsorgon, He entered the OMI Juniorate in 1984 and finished his Bachelor of Arts major in Philosophy from Notre Dame University. He holds an MA in Pastoral Ministry and a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology major in Social Psychology from the Ateneo de Manila University.

As a social psychologist, Fr. Inzon has written articles, conducted researches, peer-reviews, lectures and other advocacies. As a peace psychologist, he has published research studies on the Collective Identification of Freedom Fighters in Mindanao, the Shared and Contested Meanings of Bangsamoro and the Social Representations of the Mindanao Conflict according to Christian, Lumad and Muslim leaders. Fr. Inzon has likewise presented these researches in various local and international psychological research conferences such as in the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) annual conventions, the 9th International conference on Social Representations in Indonesia, 11th European Congress of Psychology in Norway, the 12th International Symposium on the Contribution of Psychology in Peace Research in Cyprus and the 9th Biennial Conference of the Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP) in China; the British Psychological Society in Scotland, United Kingdom as well as the Peace Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

As Director of the Peace and Research Center of the Notre Dame of Jolo College from 2007 to 2009, Fr. Inzon has organized various research, advocacy and training programs geared towards educating young people about peace building and good governance in Mindanao and Sulu. He has also coordinated regional dialogues in Sulu in support of the Mindanao peace talks, in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP).

From 2010-2014, Fr. Inzon served as President of Notre Dame of Jolo College. As President, he focused on building the capacity of the NDJC community as service oriented professionals who can contribute to improving the lives of peoples in their respective communities.

Currently, Fr. Inzon sits as member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), Asian University Digital Resource Network (AUDRN), Notre Dame of Midsayap College (NDMC), Notre Dame of Greater Manila (NDGM), and Notre Dame of Jolo College (NDJC). He is certified by the Psychological Association of the Philippines as Specialist in Social Psychology. He is a member of the American Psychological Association – International Affiliate.

Fr. Charlie Malapitan Inzon, OMI, PhD serves as the 8th President of Notre Dame University.

 

7th President

Rev. Fr. Eduardo Genetializa Tanudtanud, OMI
(2005 - 2014)


Eduardo G. Tanudtanud was born on December 17, 1957 in Paido, Pulangi, Pikit Cotabato. He entered the OMI Juniorate in 1974, had his first vows on May 1979, was ordained priest in Pikit, North Cotabato on April 13, 1984 and had his perpetual vows in Rome in December 8, 1982. He took his Theology in the Gregorian University in Rome and his Master in Management from the Asian Institute of Management.  

His previous assignments included being a parish priest and a prefect in the Oblate Juniorate. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation (NDBC) and the Notre Dame Press; Director of the Oblate Development and Planning Services and the Mindanao Cross.

In 2005, Fr. Tanudtanud served as the 7th President of Notre Dame University. He assumed leadership at the University, feeling the "sacredness, the dignity, and the challenges of the ministry of leadership and stewardship". During his installation on June 24, 2005, Fr. Tanudtanud noted that the University has to face "the challenge to continue to raise the bar of University performance in delivering quality programs that are relevant, important, responsive, innovative, entrepreneurial and beneficial to the needs of our stakeholders in the region".


Notre Dame University has seen major developments with Fr. Tanudtanud's leadership: a re-articulation of a shared, collective vision-mission, a clarification of strategy, a redefinition of the core values; a more enabling physical and social environment, more standards-compliant systems, processes and procedures, intensified human resource development, opening of new programs and their subsequent recognition; opening of the Junior High School, intensification of formation, instruction, research and extension, stronger networking and linkaging, enhancement of student development, improvement of licensure examination performance, accreditation of program, institutional deregulation and many others.


As President of the University, Fr. Tanudtanud likewise served in various capacities in many educational associations and undertakings, locally, regionally, nationally, internationally. He sat as member of the Board of Directors of the Archdiocesan Notre Dame Schools, Notre Dame of Cotabato, Inc; member of the Board of Trustees of Notre Dame of Midsayap College, Notre Dame of Jolo College, Notre Dame of Greater Manila. He is the Regional Director of FAPE – Region XII, the President of the Notre Dame Educational Association from 2007 to 2014, introducing many reforms in its operations, making it a more relevant, more dynamic educational association. Fr. Tanudtanud is also a PAASCU accreditor. He likewise sat as a board member of the Oblate Executive Group for Higher Education, a board member of the Oblate International Pastoral Investment Trust. He also sits as a member of the Provincial Council of the Oblate Philippine Province.

All these engagements gave Fr. Tanudtanud valuable exposures to and experience with developments especially in the education landscape, and other aspects of leadership and management, making him a very effective University President.

6th President

Rev. Fr. Ramon Ma. G. Bernabe, OMI
(2002 - 2005)


Ramon Ma. Bernabe was born in Manila on January 11, 1964.  He entered the Oblate Juniorate in Cotabato City in June 1981.  He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, from Notre Dame University in 1987.  He further earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sacred Theology from Loyola School of Theology and a Master's Degree in Pastoral Ministry from the Ateneo de Manila University. 

He was ordained priest on April 25, 1992.  His first Oblate mission was as Parish Priest of Nuro, Upi, Maguindanao in 1992-1993.  He was Spiritual Director and later Director of De Mazenod Seminary, Notre Dame University.  His next assignments brought him to Notre Dame of Jolo College, Jolo, Sulu as Chaplain and faculty member.  He became President of the College from June 1999 to May 2001.

He took advanced studies in Peace and Conflict Studies at the European University Center for Studies, Austria from September 2001-May 2002.

He was the 6th President of Notre Dame University with the distinction of being its first alumnus University President and the youngest. In his inaugural speech on July 2, 2002, Fr. Bernabe committed to pursue "the thrust towards peace and development through education, research and advocacy, anchored on the tinets of solidarity and dialogue".

Fr. Bernabe served as University President from June 2002 until April 2005, when he was elected as the Oblate Provincial Superior of the Congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate Philippine Province. He has held this post until 2011.

Fr. Bernabe now serves as the Director of Notre Dame of Greater Manila.

5th President

Rev. Fr. Eliseo R. Mercado Jr., OMI
(1992 - 2002)


Eliseo Mercado, Jr. is the 5th President of Notre Dame University.  He was born on May 29, 1948 in Bulacan.  He joined the Oblates of Mary Immaculate in 1964 and professed his first vows in June 1967.  He was ordained priest on August 25, 1974.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Divinity Degree, Licentiate in Sacred Theology and Philosophy, and Bachelor's Degrees in Sacred Theology, Philosophy and Classics.  He also had special studies in Islamic and Arabic Studies (Rome, Italy), Islamic Research and Surveys (Cairo, Egypt), and Peace and Development Studies (United States). 

An advocate of peace, development and education, he is actively involved with the Foundation for the Philippine Environment, Mindanao Task Force on Poverty Alleviation, Southern Philippines Council for Peace and Development Consultative Assembly, Kusog Mindanaw, Mindanao Peace Advocates, Institutes of Higher Learning-Mindanao, and National Movement for Free Elections-Maguindanao.

Prior to his present involvements, Fr. Mercado served as Parochial Vicar in Tacurong and Midsayap (1974-1975), Parish Priest in Kabacan (1975-1980) and in Datu Piang (1982-1989), Chairperson of NAMFREL-Maguindanao (1986), Director of Notre Dame of Greater Manila (1989-1992), and as former columnist for The Mindanao Cross and Manila Times, and Executive Director of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) (2009-2012). He is currently the Spiritual Director of the Oblate Postulancy, Cotabato District, and the Senior Policy Adviser of the IAG.

4th President

Rev. Fr. Jose D. Ante, OMI
(1982 – 1992)


Jose Ante was born on July 13, 1936.  He finished his Philosophy at the San Jose Seminary and proceeded to Rome to obtain his Licentiate in Sacred Theology. He was ordained priest in 1964.  He was Dean of Notre Dame of Jolo College in 1964.  He obtained his Master's Degree in Education from the University of Santo Tomas in 1969.

In 1976, he became the first Filipino OMI Provincial, serving until 1981.  In 1982, he became the third President of Notre Dame University.  He also was President of NDEA (Notre Dame Educational Association) from 1982 to 1988.

His other assignments included being President of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, Board Member of PAASCU (Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities), and Board Member of the Fund for Assistance to Private Schools.  He was formerly Priest at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral in Jolo and the Social Action Director of the Vicariate of Jolo. Currently, he is the Archives in-charge at the OMI Provincial House, Cotabato District.

3rd President

Rev. Fr. Jose Roberto Arong, OMI
(1976 – 1982
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Jose Arong was born on April 4, 1937.  He took his first vows in 1959 and was ordained priest on April 4, 1966.  He earned both a Doctorate Degree in International Development Education and a Master's Degree in Anthropology from Stanford University, as well as a Master's Degree in Philosophy from Loyola House of Studies.

He became the Vice-President of Notre Dame of Jolo College.  In 1976, he was installed as the third President of Notre Dame University.  He was Consultant to the Population Commission and the Educational Development Implementing Task Force (EDPITAF).  He was Consultor for the Oblate Philippine Province for two terms. In 1982, he took studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, California.

He lived in St. Benenedict's Parish for nine months and served as Vicar for Filipino Affairs in the Diocese of Oakland.  He became Director of Notre Dame of Greater Manila in 1983 and went back to the United States later that year.  He is currently with the OMI Provincial House in Oakland, California.

2nd President

Orlando Cardinal B. Quevedo, OMI
(1970 – 1976)


Orlando Quevedo was born in Ilocos Norte on March 11, 1939.  He entered the Oblate Novitiate Mission in Texas in 1956.  He was ordained priest on June 5, 1964.  His first Oblate mission was teaching at Notre Dame College and as Vice Rector for Academic Affairs. At the same time, he was Prefect of Studies and Director of Diocesan Vocation.

In 1970 to 1971, he became the second President with a distinction of being the first Filipino President of Notre Dame University.

In his inaugural address on January 30, 1971, Fr. Quevedo stressed the nature and role of the University.  He said, "The aim of the University is human resource development within the community. He added that the role of NDU is to grapple with the problems of a developing region through its teaching, and its research and that failure to do so could be tragic betrayal of academic thrust."

He received a TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Men in the Philippines) award in 1972.  He took spiritual renewal course at St. Louis University, Missouri in 1976.  In 1977, he was assigned as Parish Priest in Jolo and later as Superior of the Manila Scholasticate.  He was appointed Bishop of the Prelature of Kidapawan in 1980 where his mission brought him closer to the GKKs (Gagmayang Kristohanong Katilingban or the Basic Christian Communities). In 1986, he was installed as Archbishop of Nueva Segovia in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.  He has been Archbishop of Cotabato since September 1998 and was formerly the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (1999-2003). On February 22, 2014, he took his oath and was inducted to the College of Cardinals during the consistory in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. He is appointed Cardinal priest of the titular Church of Santa Maria "Regina Mundi: a Torre Spaccata.

1st President

Rev. Fr. Joseph Milford, OMI
(1969 – 1970)


Joseph Milford was born in Boston.  He entered the Oblate Novitiate in September 1939.  He pursued his philosophical and theological studies at the Oblate College in Washington and was ordained priest on June 3, 1946.  He was assigned to the mission in the Philippines from 1946 to 1972.

His missionary work included being Papal Visitator for minor seminaries in the Philippines, Vicar General to Bishop Mongeau, OMI, Director and Pastor of Notre Dame Schools in Lagao, Kidapawan, Tacurong and Jolo.  

He was also assigned as Pastor and Rector of Grace Park, Caloocan and Cotabato Cathedral, respectively.  He was appointed as Provincial of the Oblate Fathers in the Philippines from 1963-1970 and during this seven-year tenure, he founded the Oblate Hongkong Mission in 1966.

He became the first President of Notre Dame University in 1969.  In his inaugural address, Fr. Milford said "We are a Catholic University. This is not distinction of limitation but a directional beam for truth which is the constant quest of all universities".

He was at the same time Editor of Mindanao Cross, a local newspaper published by the Oblates in Cotabato. He returned to the United States in 1972, where over two decades, he was Parish Priest to several parishes in Florida and Tennessee.  He died in February 1999 while at St. John Fisher Parish in Florida.

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