Dr. J. Prospero de Vera III has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as chairman of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) until 21 July 2022, the agency announced on October 15.
Prior to this, De Vera had been designated by the president as CHED officer-in charge beginning 24 January 2018. Accordingly, he assumed chairmanship of the governing boards of all state universities and colleges, including UP.
De Vera is a professor at the UP Diliman National College of Public Administration and Governance, where he has been teaching since 1992. He was vice president for public affairs of the UP System from 2011 until he was appointed CHED commissioner and adviser to the government negotiating panel with the National Democratic Front/Communist Party of the Philippines/New People’s Army in 2016.
He is an alumnus of the University, having earned his Bachelor of Arts, major in History with a minor in Political Science, and his Doctor of Public Administration degrees from UP Diliman. He has a Master of Arts degree, major in Social Sciences with a minor in Political Science, from De La Salle University.
De Vera took Special Studies in Government and Politics at the California Studies Center, California State University-Sacramento and was a Fulbright-Hays visiting scholar at the Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California (USC). At the USC, he specialized in higher education administration as well as higher education policy and organization. He later went to Johns Hopkins University as a senior Fulbright visiting professor at the Center for Communication Programs.
His curriculum vitae as of September 2016 can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8U4LJEpWMfxUngtTUhiOXJyWTg/view.