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Dr. Luís Ma. R Calingo is the president-elect of Holy Angel University. He is currently president of Woodbury University, the second oldest university in Southern California.

Dr. Calingo joined Woodbury University from his previous position as executive vice president and chief academic officer of Dominican University of California. He had also served as business school dean at Dominican University of California (DUofC), John Carroll University, California State University at Long Beach (CSULB), and California State University at Fresno (CSUF). He has led or participated in accreditation peer review teams of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). He is an alumnus of the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman (BSIE, 1976; MURP, 1978) and the University of Pittsburgh (MBA, 1981; PhD, 1984). He is a lifetime member of the U.P. Beta Epsilon Fraternity.

Dr. Calingo began his academic career as a professor of business strategy and policy at CSUF in 1983. He has since then achieved many firsts.

• As visiting professor of business administration at UP Diliman in 1988, he designed and taught the first MBA courses in strategic planning systems and industry and competitive analysis.

• In 1992, he became the first Filipino-American dean of an AACSB-accredited business school in the United States (CSUF) and one of only four Asian-American business deans at that time. During his deanship, CSUF received the largest single gift ($10 million) and the first naming endowment in the CSU system, leading to the establishment of the Sid Craig School of Business.

• During his visiting years (1993-1996) as a founding faculty at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, he became the founding director of the MBA (International Business) program and the first academic administrator of Filipino origin.

• As business dean at CSULB (2000-2006), he led the creation of the CSU's first endowed center for ethical leadership. During his deanship, he was also elected chair of the CSU Association of Business Deans, which coordinated the academic initiatives of the 23 CSU business schools. By the time he left the deanship, CSULB had become the 8th largest AACSB-accredited business school in the United States.

In 2012, Dr. Calingo assumed the presidency of Woodbury University, becoming the second Filipino-American university president and the first Filipino-American president to have been appointed after a national competitive search. Under his leadership, Woodbury improved its academic rankings and achieved many firsts. Money Magazine recognized Woodbury among the country's Value All-Stars'15th among the top 25 colleges that add the most value. The business school achieved AACSB accreditation, becoming one of the world's top 5% business schools. In recognition of the university's civic engagement, Woodbury was inducted into the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in December 2014.

Dr. Calingo participates in community, national, and international service. He is a board member of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, and John Paul the Great Catholic University. Since 1997, he has been an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which is the President's highest award for quality and business excellence. He has been the Asian Productivity Organization's principal consultant to the Philippine and other Asian governments in the establishment of their national award programs for quality and business excellence. The World Bank had engaged him to assist the Thailand Ministry of Education in instituting a Baldrige-based Education Performance Excellence system to 20 universities. As a supporter of the Asian Pacific Americans for Higher Education, he has participated in enabling more Asian Americans pierce the bamboo ceiling for leadership positions in higher education.

For his lifetime achievements, Dr. Calingo received the Distinguished Alumnus in Education and International Development awards from the UP Alumni Association (UPAA) and the UPAA in America, as well as the Most Outstanding Alumnus Awards from the UP College of Engineering and the UP School of Urban and Regional Planning. In 2015, Dr. Calingo became a member of the Selection Committee for the Harry S. Hertz Leadership Award, given by the Balridge Foundation to individuals who have inspired, encourages, challenged and empowered others to achieve performance excellence. He has been married to Gemeline for 34 years, and their most important lifetime accomplishment resides in their three lovely, talented daughters Ashley Marie, Alexandra Nicole, and Arienne Louise.

Date Posted: 03-11-2015