The Eastern Visayas State University 4th University President, Dr. Dennis C. de Paz, enumerated the achievements in his first year of administration and his plans for the university during his first State of the University Address at Miguel Romualdez Memorial Auditorium, August 22 at 9:00 o’clock in the morning.

The honorable members of the Board of Regents, the key officials of the university, faculty, and staff, wearing Barong Tagalog and Filipiniana attire, witnessed the historic event.

“With hearts full of gratitude to God and our predecessors, we are gathered today on this momentous occasion in the history of our beloved University as I report to you what we have done, what we have failed to do, and what we shall do in the near future,” detailed Dr. de Paz.

Admittedly, the first year of his administration under the pandemic quandary is not a walk in the park. However, it pushes him to implement holistic equilibrium to address the clientele’s needs and pilot the institution during his tutelage. Despite the seemingly complex landscape of the economy, industries, and casualties brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, EVSU continues to become a beacon of hope and success.

Stood on the podium in front of the honorable body, Dr. de Paz shared the status of the university in relation to various areas of improvement, to wit: governance, faculty development, student welfare, academic pursuits and accomplishments, research and extension initiatives, internalization linkages, physical facilities and infrastructure development, gender development activities and initiatives, and ways forward.

Some of the highlights of the speech include the presentation of board top-notch graduates who put EVSU on a higher pedestal of academic distinction. Equally significant in the speech was the mention of scholars and scientists who contributed a lot in the field of science, technology, and body of knowledge in general.

“My administration has put much premium on the development of our faculty and staff. In a university where it envisions excellence and prestige to ripple global influence, professional development is highly valued”, added Paz.

As the powerhouse of the university’s academic dexterity, Dr. de Paz highlights various research presentations, publications, and collaborations within and between faculty members from different universities in the country and abroad. “My administration also gives the areas of extension top priority. We have instituted some reforms to improve research productivity and foster a multidisciplinary and collaborative research culture in the university,” he recounted.

As regards internationalization, the university collaborates with universities abroad in the context of research, scholarship grants, cross-cultural- exchange and professional development. “In line with the university’s goals for internationalization, we have participated in various exploratory and collaborative meetings with academic partners,” Dr. de Paz ascertained.

These are just a few of the countless breakthroughs the university achieved under President de Paz’s administration, and EVSU will continue to soar high, reaching the stars that serve as a bastion of scholastic feat. “Though we have achieved significant things for the University in the last fourteen months, much has still to be done,” said the president.

As he ended his speech, he spoke with a glimmer of hope, a flicker of undaunting vision, and a blaze of grit. EVSU is more than ready to take off and explore the world of possibilities with the mantra of moving forward together. “With your unparalleled commitment to service and great love for EVSU, I am confident that we can surpass whatever challenges come our way. Be with me in this journey as we move forward together and better One Eastern Visayas State University, Dr. de Paz concluded.

The memorable event gathered the EVSU community as one. It was manifested through the participation of Koro Waraynon, the Samleyaw Dance Troupe, and the soulful performance of the Singing Divas of the Non-Teaching Personnel, among others.