Central Philippines University welcomes new President

Letter from Central

November 5, 2008

Dear Centralians and Friends,

Greetings from the campus!

CPU welcomes new President

The Central Philippine University family welcomed Dr. Teodoro C. Robles on November 3, 2008 when he arrived from the United States.

It was last September 5, 2008 when the Board of Trustees unanimously elected him to be the new President and it was confirmed by the CPU Corporation in a special meeting on September 18, 2008.

Dr. Robles hails from Leon, Iloilo and graduated from the Central Philippine University College of Engineering in 1964 as a Work Student. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman Montana, June 1969 and August 1975, respectively. He was Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering at Central Philippine University, 1964-1967; Graduate Teaching and Graduate Research Assistant, EE Department, Montana State University, 1967-1969 and 1971-1975; Research Engineer and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Montana University EE Department, 1975-1977; Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville Tennessee, 1977-1979; Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1979-1985; Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, Purdue University School of Engineering and Technology, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1985-1990; Associate Professor, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, 1990-1993; Professor, same University, 1993 - present.

Dr. Robles has undertaken numerous research projects for the U.S. government, private industry and academic institutions. He has authored several publications in his area of specialization. He has supported CPU in many ways: he has donated books, a substantial amount to support our endowment and professorial chairs and has fully furnished one unit at Roselund. He also established the Faculty Training Program at Milwaukee School of Engineering for CPU faculty. At least 12 CPU faculty members were able to complete the 3-month program since 2000. Dr. Robles was Vice President of the CPU Federation of Overseas Alumni Associations where he chaired the Steering Committee that resulted to an overwhelming success of the CPU 5th Global Reunion held last June in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.. He is a distinguished Teacher Awardee in the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 2003 and a Distinguished Centralian in Engineering Education in 1997.

Dr. Robles is happily married to the former BSN 1969 CPU alumna Angeles Antonio. They are blessed with a son, Theodore Robles who is also a holder of a Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the Ohio State University and now an Assistant Professor at UCLA.

Dr. Robles is the 9th President and the 4th Filipino President of CPU.

From CPU BOT member Carl dela Peña (carl_delapena@yahoo.com)

Dr. Ted Robles arrived last Sunday evening via Northwest and was met by Gen Magno and Dr. Joe Azarcon at the airport. I met him and his brother at the PAL domestic terminal for the 5:15 am flight for Iloilo and later chairman Alfonso Uy joined us and we took the flight together to Iloilo. As planned upon arrival we were met at the end of the tube by some alumni and the group of Francis Griño who was able to arrange for an entry to the secured area. At the baggage counter we were met by MANCOM Members Dr Pulido and Dr. Millamena and the staff from the Office of the President and our media center people.

The arrival was festive with the members of the faculty and staff waiting outside the new terminal and during that time "Central My Central" song was sang. Soon followed the motorcade from the airport to CPU Campus and the campus was decorated with welcome streamers for our 4th Filipino President. Breakfast was served for the welcoming party together with Dr. Ted Robles.

At 3 PM, Dr Ted Robles signed the contract and a short but a meaningful speech followed, and a festive merienda also followed. Majority of the BOT members and the Corporation were also present aside from the faculty and staff and the President of the CPUR and Atty Von Bedona representing the CPUAII. The speech of the president ended with a note when he said that his coming is not a job but his mission for CPU.

Dr Ted will be in Manila to personally receive the donation of Dr. Lucio Tan of P5M to CPU and some members of the BOT will also be present (Engr Mombay, myself, Gen Magno, Atty Bedona and Dr. Alfonso Uy).

I might be able to play the Video coverage of the motorcade and the contract signing during our meeting on Saturday in my residence. Please come. Kadyos, ibus, dinuguan, manapla puto and probably valenciana will be served and of course bayebaye.

See you then. Thanks and God Bless!

The Centralian LINK is now online

We are happy to announce that the August-October 2008 issue of the Centralian LINK is now online at http://www.cpu.edu.ph/linknew/2008/AugOct2008.pdf

Thank you very much for your contributions – news, articles and pictures. We will soon write you of the deadline of submission for the next issue.

May God richly bless us all!


Rinand Caipang Escuban

Francis Neil Gico Jalando-on
PR Officer