Atty. Danilo Lardizabal Concepción will be formally installed as the 21st president of the University of the Philippines on September 20, 5:00 pm, at the University Theater, UP Diliman.
Commission on Higher Education Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, who also heads the UP Board of Regents, will preside over the investiture rites. As part of the ceremony, she will hand over the symbols of the presidency such as the mace and medallion to Atty. Concepcion.
In his speech, Concepción is expected to expound on his vision for the University, explaining the strategic plan that will guide the duration of his six-year administration.
In his vision paper for the presidency, he sought the redefinition of UP’s culture, enhancing its time-honored traditions of honor and excellence to include compassion—a virtue he considers as “UP’s moral core as the national university.”
Prior to assuming the presidency on February 10 this year, he was the executive director of the UP Bonifacio Global City campus. He also served as Vice President for Legal Affairs in the administration of his predecessor, Alfredo Pascual. From 2000 to 2002, he was president of De La Salle Araneta University. He has also been serving as the Dean of the UP College of Law since 2011.
Born in 1958, Concepción earned his Master of Laws degree from the University of London in 1986 as a Chevening Scholar. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree, cum laude, from UP Diliman in 1983. In 1979, he received his Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering degree, summa cum laude, from De La Salle Araneta University.
He was elected to the position in November 2016 by the 11-member Board of Regents, UP’s highest governing body. UP’s presidents have traditionally held their investiture several months after taking office.