Dr. Maria Cynthia Rose Banzon Bautista took her oath as the University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs on March 16 at the Office of the President in UP Diliman (UPD).
Bautista is a professor of Sociology at the UPD College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP), where she served as dean from 2001 to 2004. In the UP System, she headed the Center for Integrative and Development Studies from 1992 to 2000.
She was also a Commissioner of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) from 2012 to 2016. Prior to her appointment as CHED commissioner, she chaired the Commission’s Task Force on Quality Assurance from 2010 to 2011, was vice chairperson of CHED’s Technical Working Group for Autonomous and Deregulated Higher Education Institutions from 2006 to 2008, and co-chaired the CHED Technical Panel for the Humanities, Social Sciences and Communications from 2002 to 2005.
In 2002, she was given the Achievement Award by the National Research Council of the Philippines. Bautista was recognized for her government service in 1995 and was named one of The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) by the TOWNS Foundation, Inc. She received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the National Academy of Science and Technology in 1988.
Bautista graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from UP Diliman in 1974. She earned her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.