The New Face of the Presidency
Ink’s new writing apprentice, Katrina Zabarte debuts her first article in an interview with Enderun’s new president, Dr. Edgardo Rodriguez
You might have heard of his recent success. You might have seen him roaming around the halls of Enderun or staying in his new office. You might also know him as the dean of the College of Business, Technology, and Entrepreneurship… Introducing Enderun’s new president, Dr. Edgardo Rodri- guez!
Acquiring the position of presidency this June 2013, Dr. Ro- driguez does not feel much of a difference with the title of “president”; after all, his vision is to replicate the good that the previous president has done, but in a larger scale. On the other hand, he says, “I feel very flattered and a bit anxious.” – the anxiety coming from the fact that he is new to the hos- pitality industry and has much to learn.
When asked about his plans for the school year, Dr. Ro- driguez starts of by stating an American saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” He expounds that if something is work- ing, then there is no need to meddle with it. However, he says that there are areas that need some meddling. Some spe- cific examples would be: the mainstreaming of the honor’s program, wherein it would no longer be limited to students of the College of Business, Technology and Entrepreneur- ship but would also include HA and CA students; starting a tourism research center at Enderun; and targeting to start the accreditation of Enderun by PAASCU, which is the best- known accreditation committee of the Philippines. The aim of doing the latter is to go beyond CHED into independent private accreditation, which by doing so, would elevate the name of Enderun.
A hardworking man, Dr. Rodriguez’s line of motivation is to con- tribute to the happiness the others in which he aims to “serve the students and be able to impart lessons that touch their lives.”The interview ends with the following quotes, which he wishes for stu- dents to embody and take to heart: “Join as many activities as you can. Don’t be in the closet. Come out and join us!”
“Learn as many cultures as you can. And if you have the time, learn a language.”
“Make happiness and satisfaction, rather than grades, your main motivation. Grades are there as a means not an end. Of course, if you have good grades, it’s great but don’t stop at good grades. Go beyond good grades and remember you and I are here to make sure that the world becomes a better place.”.