About the President

Dr. Cecilia S. Navasero-Gascon is no stranger to being a pioneer of change. Her previous feat of transforming a small college into a state University in Region IVA is only overshadowed by her current tenure in revitalizing and strategic running of Bulacan State University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Forestry and Silviculture from the University of the Philippines Diliman. She also has a Doctor of Business Administration degree from the American Heritage University of San Bernardino California, and a Ph. D. in Educational Leadership (Honoris Causa) from Akamai University in Hilo Hawaii. With her expertise and experience, she has skillfully managed the five (5) campuses, thirteen (13) colleges, 1,100 faculty, 800 non-academic personnel, and almost 50,000 students of the Institution. Her effective and prudent income management of the University's finances paved the way for substantial infrastructure projects since 2016, and through persistent lobbying at Congress, resulted in a steady increase in the University budget. Dr. Gascon's skills and strategies in running the administration also transformed this century-old premier state university into an outcomes-based and results-driven Institution. Among her major operations include: the revision of the Institution's Vision-Mission statement, subjecting the University to ISO Certification (ISO 9001:2015), submission of the different programs to Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP) for program and institutional levelling, the establishment of the online enrolment process, the revision of the BulSU Student Manual, free medical examinations for the BulSU community, and producing numerous faculty scholars and intensive research efforts. Clearly, she is showing no signs of slowing down in her quest to further develop BulSU into a University with a 21st century learning environment.

Aside from being an administrator, Dr. Gascon is also a researcher, extension worker, trainer and an advocate of environmental conservation and governance. At present, she is a full-fledged University Professor by virtue of NBC 461 regular evaluation. She is also the President of the SEARCA Fellows Association of the Philippines. Her numerous accolades include being granted the UPLB Outstanding Alumna Award thrice (2017, 2015, and 2000), the Quezon Medalya ng Kararangalan para sa Edukasyon in 2014, and the Exemplary Leadership Award in 2012 form the International Distance Education Accreditation League just to name a few. She has also published three (3) books, five (5) studies, and presented papers in the national and international scene.