Silliman University (SU) Board of Trustees (BOT) unanimously elected Dr. Betty C. McCann as the newest president of the University.
This was after an announcement by Ricardo A. Balbido, Jr., chair of BOT, that McCann was chosen by the board during their meeting last Dec. 14, 2016 in Manila.
McCann bested four other presidential nominees – Dr. Macarthur F. Corsino, Dr. Efren N. Padilla, Dr. Betsy Joy B. Tan, and Dr. Beulah Rose R. Torres
McCann will seat as university president in 2018.
McCann’s vision for the university
During a forum for presidential nominees last Nov. 7, 2016, McCann said that she wants SU to serve as the Via, Veritas, Vita for the nation, Asia and the rest of the world.
In an article published by the Weekly Sillimanian last Nov. 2016 entitled “SU Presidential nominees introduced vision and mission for Silliman,” McCann stated her plans for the university.
“As for her mission, Dr. McCann aims to build up whole person education in Silliman’s teaching and non-teaching programs and services; align program strategies to frame the universities mission burden goals of teaching research and service with the immediate society concerns, such as environment and climate change; pursue active concerns with various sector like teaching programs and services; and ensure that Silliman’s leadership and operation observe the integrity of purpose, sound fiscal management, and financial stability.”
Get to know McCann
McCann was never a student of Silliman University. However, she spent a significant part of her professional life in the campus. She was an Assistant Professor in 1981, her starting point of professional career in Silliman.
She became the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and became the Vice- President for Academic Affairs from 1990-1992 and 199 to 2002. She even served as an acting University President in 1992-1994.
McCann finished her Psychology/Political Science, magna cum laude in Tacloban. She is a Master of Arts in Education major in Guidance Counseling. She earned her doctorate degree in Psychology (Social Psychology) from Ateneo de Manila University.
After serving Silliman, McCann went to Hong Kong to serve as Associate Director at the Asian Christian Higher Education Institute from 2002 to 2006. She was then appointed as the program director for South Asia at the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia in 2003.
She is a native of Zamboanga del Sur and now lives in Dumaguete with her husband and three children.
*with notes from su.edu.ph