Accordingly, good leaders are trailblazers they make a path for others to follow. Great leaders inspire people to dream bigger, reach higher and achieve greater.
Take this gentleman for instance: A distinguished Professor, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dean of the Graduate School of Central Mindanao University, Bukidnon City, Dr. Anthony M. Penaso has been voted and appointed as the 2nd University President of Caraga State University early July this year.
A very down-to-earth and humble gentleman, dynamic, proactive, optimistic, highly intelligent and open-minded Dr. Anthony M. Penaso finished his Bachelor of Science in Education major in Mathematics as Summa Cum Laude. He is CMU’s first Summa cum laude. He has a Masters degree in Teaching Mathematics and five Doctorate degrees; namely, Doctor of Science in Mathematics Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Management, and Doctor in Public Administration.
His experience in the academe is varied; he was Director of Instruction, Vice President for Research and Extension, OIC-Vice President for Administration, Consortium Director, Director of Research and AACCUP Senior Accreditor.
Dr. Penaso envisions CSU as an icon of excellence in higher education actively leading the green development of Caraga region in the context of ASEAN integration.
His mission is for Caraga State University to develop highly empowered and ethically responsible human resources, produce research contributions with significant societal impact towards a sustainably inclusive growth and development.
Dr. Penaso’s Development Goals covers the following:
For Instruction: Rationalizing curricular programs to address the competencies needed by regional, national and global development markets; subjecting academic programs to advanced accreditation to be at par with national and international education standards; implementing the outcomes-based quality assurance monitoring and evaluation towards institutional sustainability; enhancing the competencies of faculty and no-teaching academic staff; boosting the faculty’s morale to enrich the university’s culture of service and work; pursuing enabling mechanisms to ensure faculty tenure and promotion; implementing a system of rewards and recognition for excellence in teaching; building new and upgrading existing academic support facilities (laboratories, classrooms, dormitories, hostel, library, etc.); Improving student services and support programs; establishing new and strengthening existing industry partners for student internship/ on-the-job training and academe-industry exchanges; standardizing admission system in the undergraduate and graduate levels; improving the performance of graduates in licensure examinations; establishing the CSU Open University to widen access to quality higher education; strengthening alumni network as a show window of the University’s academic quality; and forging twinning agreements, joint academic programs and other modes of international collaboration such as the ASEAN international Mobility for Students (AIMS) Program and the University Mobility in Asia and Pacific (UMAP) Program.
For Research: Building a culture of research excellence by involving the faculty in research and development (R&D) programs that are funded through competitive scheme, working with industry partners, and honoring their competencies in writing winning research proposals and publishable research articles; exploiting opportunities for R&D through collaboration at the local, national and international levels to generate high impact R&D outputs; formulating R&D programs geared towards the development of eco-friendly/ green technologies; generating science-based information, technologies and innovations supporting the banner programs of Caraga Region in the areas of Fishery, Agro-Forestry, Mining and Ecotourism (FAME) for lasting inclusive economic growth; leading the region in the preservation and promotion of its historical and cultural heritage by establishing the Center of Caraga Studies; pursuing the plan of the previous administration to establish new centers and institutes, such as the Caraga Responsible Mining Research and Training Center, Caraga Mechatronics and Robotics Research & Innovation Center, Caraga Institute of Local Governance for Countryside Development; reviving existing research centers, namely the Caraga Center for Environmental Studies Management, and Caraga Research Center for Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resources; formulating a research capacity development and mentoring program; providing adequate laboratory support for R&D; revising the faculty performance evaluation system to include research productivity; and sustaining the enthusiasm of faculty-researchers by providing reasonable incentives; implementing a system of rewards and recognition for excellence in research; and protecting intellectual properties of faculty researchers and inventors through aggressive copyright and patent application.
For Extension: Improving the delivery of extensions services to target communities, clientele and other beneficiaries; developing a pool of competent faculty extensionists equipped with skills in community relations and fund-sourcing; formulating community-based sustainable development programs for target communities to be participated by the different colleges of the University; strengthening linkages with local government units, government agencies, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders for effective community engagement; revitalizing technology transfer and dissemination through techno-demo and IEC materials; offering regular short-term training courses to improve technology adoption; ensuring extension program sustainability through regular monitoring and evaluation; providing adequate logistical support for extension and community engagement; revising the faculty performance evaluation system to include extension and community service; sustaining the enthusiasm of faculty-extensionists by providing reasonable incentives; implementing a system of rewards and recognition for excellence in research; and establishing the Caraga Institute for Social Entrepreneurship.
For Production (Resource Generation): Instituting organizational reforms in carrying out the production function of the University for the optimum resource utilization and for more efficient and effective delivery of services; reviewing existing policies on income-generating pojects to encourage more investments initiatives; building the capacity of personnel involved in resource generation particularly in the area of innovative business management and resource development; developing additional IGPs in the 200-hectare area of the university through Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mechanism; increasing the profitability of existing IGPs of the University; applying advance and cost-effective production, product packaging and development, and marketing technologies; establishing agro-industrial processing facilities to address the value-adding of products; and establishing a display center purposely for the University’s products and generated technologies.
For Administration: Formulating a comprehensive human resource development plan covering programs on recruitment, induction retention, training and development and retirement; enhancing the competencies, technical know-how, and work values of non-teaching staff; implementing a system of rewards and recognition for administrative service excellence; Expanding infrastructure development; modernizing the University’s security system; modernizing the University’s financial management system in consonance with the implementation of the Government Integrated Financial Management and Information System (GIFMIS); and improving the effectiveness of the general support and administrative services.
A true blue academician, an ethical researcher, a humane administrator, a witty mathematician, a dedicated professor, a perceptive senior accreditor, a visionary leader who is also attuned to human empathy and understanding, a responsible family man, and a human being who lives a life of purpose, Dr. Anthony M. Penaso is leading Caraga State University to where it should be with competence, service and uprightness. He is barely five months in CSU and yet you can already see and experience many significant and wonderful changes in the campus.
Dr. Anthony M. Penaso, Sir Tonton as he is fondly called by his colleagues, leads by example. He is definitely a man, but he keeps the university clean and organized too. He must have possessed a mother nurtured power leadership not all administrators have.
When a leader inspires people to reach for the stars, they might just bring him back the moon. Cheers and congratulations for your successful investiture rites Mr. President! Thank you for leading us and bringing CSU with you in the journey to Excellence.