A QS Showcase message from Father Herminio V Dagohoy, rector of University of Santo Tomas
“We do not need to stress the fact that in an institution where personal relationship is nourished and valued, people outgrow the need for functional importance.”
Father Herminio V Dagohoy
Born on 8 July 1964 in Hagonoy, Bulacan, where he spent his childhood, Father Herminio V Dagohoy completed his basic education at Sta. Elena Elementary School and Hagonoy Institute in Bulacan. His parents, Vicente Dagohoy and Herminia Victoria, already saw in him an early commitment to responsibility and a genuine love for a life of the mind. He finished accountancy at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in 1985, and later on professed the evangelical vows in the Order of Preachers on 10 May 1988. As a Dominican, Fr Dagohoy obtained the following degrees: AB philosophy at the Philippine Dominican Center for Institutional Studies; Bachelor of Arts in sacred theology at the UST Ecclesiastical Faculty of Sacred Theology; Master of Arts in Philippine studies in philosophy at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City; and licentiate and doctorate in philosophy at the UST Ecclesiastical Faculty of Philosophy 2011. His areas of specialisation include ancient philosophy, theodicy, social philosophy and hermeneutics.
Fr Jojo, as he is fondly called, was ordained to the priesthood on 28 September 1994 at the Santo Domingo Church in Quezon City. He previously held posts as prior/superior of the Santo Domingo Convent, QC and Caleruega, Batangas. He served in various capacities in some educational institutions of the Order of Preachers in the Philippines. He was appointed internal auditor of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Manila (1994); dean of the College of Business and Administration and director of research and development of Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Calamba (1996); director of Caleruega Retreat Center (1997); rector and president of Angelicum College (2000); director for finance and administration of UST Hospital (2008); and internal audtor of UST (2010).
At present, he is rector of the University of Santo Tomas, member of the board of trustees of Aquinas University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran (Intramuros and Calamba), Angelicum College and Angelicum School. He is the executive secretary/president of the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU) and is a board member for Asia-Pacific of the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU).
As a respected academic, Fr Dagohoy has published articles and book reviews in scholarly journals. He has also engaged in significant scientific, ecclesial and cultural activities, and has delivered various talks and lectures both in the Philippines and abroad.
Now on his second term, Father Dagohoy is, among other things, building a solid legacy on internationalisation efforts at the university. It was under his leadership that the university adopted internationalisation as a strategic directional area, created the Office of the International Relations and Programs, and fortified existing and forged new partnerships with higher education institutions and networks abroad.
Father Dagohoy deems that continuity – building on the accomplishment of the past – is necessary for an institution to grow. He believes that every previous administration has good intentions and that one significant role of any new leadership is to improve on the legacy of the past. He likewise believes in shared leadership in steering a large university such as UST, and he thus banks on the convergence of ideas, talents, and efforts to allow the university to achieve its goals. His immediate goal is to develop a multidisciplinary approach to all disciplines for there is no such thing as one discipline hovering others.