Effective August 1, 2010, professor and incoming dean Dr. Arsenio Balisacan will officially helm the Philippines' Sole Center of Excellence in Economics as outgoing Dean Emmanuel de Dios vacates the seat after three years of leadership and service.

Prof. Balisacan was unanimously chosen by fellow faculty members after rising as the best and only candidate for the job in the selection made by a search committee.

The search was hinged on the vision of a more research-oriented and research-productive School of Economics, among other objectives set by the faculty and administration.

One of the School's two academicians, Prof. Balisacan is an expert in poverty, agriculture and rural development. In addition, he has held positions of leadership in the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, the Board of Advisors of the Asian Institute of Management Mirant Center for Bridging Societal Divides, the Human Development Network, among many others.

He holds a PhD (Economics) from the University of Hawaii, a Master's Degree (Agricultural Economics) from the University of the Philippines Los Banos, and a Bachelor's Degree (Agriculture) from the Mariano Marcos State University. 

Prof. Balisacan is inheriting a School of Economics which has proactively taken part in the affairs of the country through the initiatives of Dean Emmanuel de Dios. In most recent memory, the School was an active partner in hosting the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates of the 2010 May election. During the term of Dean de Dios, the School was also graced by the presence of prominent figures in economics, most notably Nobel-winner Prof. Douglass North.   

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