Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Commissioner and NCPAG faculty member Dr. J Prospero E. de Vera was appointed Officer-in-Charge of CHED.
A memo from CHED Executive Director Karol Mark Yee dated 25 January 2018 stated that de Vera’s appointment was made by the Office of the President on 24 January 2018.
De Vera will succeed chairperson Patricia Licuanan who resigned on 15 January 2018.
De Vera is a Full Professor at the National College of Public Administration & Governance (NCPAG) and served as Vice President for Public Affairs of the University of the Philippines System. At NCPAG, he also held the Directorship of the Center for Policy and Executive Development (CPED) and the Center for Leadership, Citizenship, and Democracy (CLCD).
Outside the academe, de Vera is known for his service in extending expertise in public policy, social development, legislative process and political management, among others, to a number of legislators. He served as Technical Assistant, Chief-of-Staff, Senior Consultant, and Senior Adviser to former Senate President Aquilino Pimentel Jr. and Senate President Pro-Tempore Sotero Laurel, Leticia Ramos-Shahani, and Juan Flavier and Senators Ramon Magsaysay Jr. and Gregorio Honasan.
Dr. De Vera earned his Bachelor and Doctoral degrees from UP. He was also a Fulbright-Hays Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California and the California State University-Sacramento (1990-1992), and Senior Fulbright Visiting Professor/Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University (2000-2001).