Roosevelt College has new academic leaders

Originally published in the Standard (thestandard.com.ph) last July 9, 2016

Roosevelt College, Inc. (RCI) is under new management following its acquisition by Far Eastern University (FEU). RCI welcomes a new president and vice president for academic affairs to lead their group of schools.

FEU President Dr. Michael Alba extends his academic leadership and management expertise to RCI as the 80-year-old school’s new president. As an economist who tackles development gaps and inclusive growth, Alba shared that for the next three months, he will focus on consultation and evaluation of RCI. He will explore academic approaches and curriculum advancement that can be introduced to the school.

RCI President Michael Alba, Ph.D

For us to formulate plans for the development of RCI, we need to learn the history, understand the mission-vision and aspirations of the school, recognize its stakeholders, and build relationships with the communities where RCI campuses are located,” said Alba.

Alba brings his more than 20 years of teaching experience to RCI. He was previously affiliated with the University of the Philippines and De La Salle University. He was dean of the latter’s College of Business and Economics from 2001 to 2006. He has a Ph.D in Applied Economics from Stanford University.

He was also the regional secretariat program director for the National Capital Region of the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) for the school year 2015 to 2016. Recently, Alba was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU).

RCI Vice President Gillian Joyce Virata

Joining Alba in managing RCI’s five campuses is Gillian Joyce Virata who takes on the position of vice president for academic affairs.

Virata worked as an executive director of the Jose Abad Santos Memorial Schools and the senior high schools of Philippine Women’s University. She will lead RCI with her educational philosophy based on democracy and progressive approach.

“RCI has been a traditional academic institution offering basic education. To introduce innovative educational approaches, we must consider different factors that affect faculty performance and students’ learning outcomes,” said Virata.

Virata majored in philosophy at the University of the Philippines Diliman and has graduate degrees from George Washington University and Columbia University. She was the senior executive director of the Business Process Association of the Philippines (BPAP) where she managed relations and programs with education and training departments of the government.

“Ms. Virata and I are very excited about working with Roosevelt College’s faculty and community. Definitely, change and improvements are coming to RCI, not all at once but in measured steps,” said Alba.