Charting New Challenges in Teacher Education; (Investiture Speech Delivered on January 9, 2007)

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Charting New Challenges in Teacher Education; (Investiture Speech Delivered on January 9, 2007)

Byline: Lutgardo B. Barbo President, Philippine Normal University

TRIBUTE to past superintendents and presidents

From where I stand, I pay tribute to the gallant and indomitable men and women who bequeathed to me the mantle of leadership and the stewardship of this quintessential grand teacher training institution. Armed with unshakable faith, resolute determination and nobility of character, they were fired with enthusiasm and competence as they passed on the torch that illuminates the primacy of excellence and the highest quality of teacher education. I may be the 9th PNU President, but there were six PNS Superintendents. May I specially mention them: Elmer B. Bryan, Andrew W. Cain, Harvey Albert Bordner, Mary E. Polley, Roy K. Gilmore, and Manuel Escarilla. After them came Macario C. Naval, Emiliano C. Ramirez; Gregorio C. Borlaza, Bonifacio P. Sibayan, and Edilberto P. Dagot;

To my precursors who have gone ahead and are now in the bosom of the Lord Almighty: I take off my hat in reverence and highest regards. To these trailblazers in educational management and leadership: My heartiest and affectionate hand salute.

To the three living former PNU Presidents, namely, my college teacher Dr. Gloria Salandanan; my companera Atty. Lilia Garcia, and my batchmate of 1966 Dr. Nilo Rosas, I say: As you continue to share your hopes and dreams with us and your lives with the university, your lofty ideals, your noble vision and your worthy deeds for PNU will live on. I pledge to build on your leadership and stewardship work. The best for PNU must simply go on. And we must continue to render public service especially to our Alma Mater.

Stakeholders' inspiration

It is said that universities are the cathedrals of the modern age. The donning of academic robes for a President's investiture is a traditional and ancient ritual that dates back several centuries. My friends, this investiture is not at all about me. While I am the official excuse and the institutional focus, I should make special mention of the faculty as the heart of the university, the students as its lifeblood, the administrative staff as its pillar of support, the alumni as embodying its soul, the Board of Regents as its guiding authoritative spirit; and we in the management and administration as the instruments and tools to make things happen. I pledge to you I will be your steadfast teammate, your defender, your advocate, your counsel, your friend, your primus inter pares, your champion, and your academic servant-leader.

Hallmarks for excellence

Once upon a time, and I believe up to this time, PNSPNC-PNU was, and still is, an idealized premiere place for teacher training. As a specialized teacher institution, it is the center of cxcellence in teacher education. It is also the center of excellence in Filipino language teaching. This recognizes the worth, value, and role of the University as an educational leader in its area of expertise. Over the years, the University has produced prominent individuals regarded as stalwarts in the fields of instruction, supervision, educational management and governance. A number of its alumni have been appointed secretary or undersecretary of the Department of Education, directors of educational bureaus, superintendents of schools, presidents of universities and colleges, or ranking positions in the judiciary, foreign service, and in other branches of the government and in private business. Some alumni have been elected to Congress or have become top local government executives and officials.

PNU, with its highly qualified pool of faculty, has been the regular source of educational experts and consultants for domestic and international agencies and organizations in various parts of the world. The university's human resource and graduates serve local entities like DepEd, CHED, the regional offices, different schools, both public and private. Several of our alumni manage and administer their own private schools.

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