In the days since the university announced my appointment as DePaul’s 12th president, my friends and family have asked me the same question. Why DePaul?
My answer is simple: the mission.
DePaul’s Vincentian mission spoke to me immediately. The university has a very visible mission –to serve the marginalized including the poor, first-generation students and immigrants, while helping them reach their full potential. That mission is near and dear to me and my wife, Jo.
Growing up in a developing country like the Philippines, Jo and I know firsthand what it is like to hope for a better life. It was a dream come true for us when we had the opportunity to further our studies in the United States. We left our home country with most of our worldly belongings packed into four suitcases. One and a half of those suitcases were filled with academic books, because we didn’t think we would be able to afford them in the U.S.
The Vincentian mission recognizes the transformational quality of higher education. In the short time I have been on campus, I have been struck by the devotion of the DePaul community to the university’s mission. It is clear to me that because the Vincentian mission serves as our guide, we have grown stronger as a university community.
My wife and I chose to join the DePaul community because the Vincentian values ring true to us. We are honored to work by your side as we continue to uphold the lifelong work of our patron saint, St. Vincent de Paul. We look forward to meeting you.