Ateneo honors Dean Tony La Viña
Outgoing Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) dean Antonio “Tony” La Viña was honored on May 31, 2016 for strengthening the university’s thrust towards governance and nation building during his 10 year tenure.
Staff, faculty, students, and friends gathered at the San Alberto Hurtado Hall to thank Dean La Viña for leading ASoG into a decade of unprecedented growth. He has taken on the role as a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands.
The program started with a thanksgiving mass with Fr. Bienvenido “Ben” Nebres SJ as celebrant. Joy Aceron of ASoG’s Political Reforms and Democracy Cluster hosted the event.
Ateneo de Manila University president Fr. Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin SJ acknowledged La Viña’s role in leading ASoG. La Viña, he said, has blazed a trail of success during his time at the helm of ASoG. “You have raised the visibility of the school. The Ateneo School of Government is what bridges us to the very important world of public service.”
Dr Antonette P. Angeles, Vice President for the Professional Schools, echoed Fr. Jett’s sentiment, noting how La Viña increased the school’s stature in the field of leadership and public service.
“[Former dean] Dina Abad built the pillars but Tony was responsible for the projecting years. Thank you Tony for all the hard work and we wish him a wonderful life. We just made him full professor,” she said.
Under his term, ASoG has seen many developments — transfer of ASoG campus from the Ateneo Professional Schools campus in Rockwell, Makati to its present facility inside the Loyola Heights campus; creation of new degree programs and custom-built executive programs ; and implementation of projects on environment, poverty, leadership, and good governance. His passion and expertise in environmental law has also translated to ASoG’s emergence as a leading resource on issues affecting environmental and climate change.
ASoG’s new dean was also introduced at the event. Dr. Ronald Mendoza, an economist with extensive experience in ASEAN inclusive growth and development, will serve as the school’s new dean for an initial 3- year term from June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2019.