Leonor Magtolis-Briones


Professor Leonor Magtolis-Briones is Professor Emerita of Public Administration and currently Secretary of the Department of Education (DepEd) under the administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. She previously served as Presidential Adviser for Social Development, with the rank of Department Secretary, under President Joseph Ejercito Estrada. She was the National Treasurer of the Philippines and concurrent Director of the Bureau of the Treasury under the Department of Finance (DOF), and formerly Vice President for Planning and Finance of the University of the Philippines. She also served as Secretary to the Commission on Audit (COA).

Prior to her retirement, she has been teaching courses in public fiscal administration and the Philippine administrative system. Her specializations include civil society studies, fiscal policy, the Philippine administrative system, public fiscal administration, revenue and treasury management, and government accounting and budgeting. She was also the Director of the Center of Policy and Executive Development (CPED) at the National College of Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG).

Briones obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Silliman University and her Master of Public Administration with a major in Local Government and Fiscal Administration from the University of the Philippines. She proceeded to complete further studies in the United States where she was granted a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Administration from the Harvard Institute for International Development at Harvard University.

Outside the University, Professor Emerita Briones is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Silliman University, a research university based in Dumaguete City. She is also the Convenor of Social Watch Philippines and was regent and chair-designate of the Universidad de Manila, a public university run by the city government of Manila.

In 2012, the Board of Regents conferred upon Professor Emerita Briones the rank of Professor Emeritus in recognition of her contributions to the field of Public Administration in the Philippines.


  • Master of Public Administration, University of the Philippines
  • B.S. Accountancy (magna cum laude), Silliman University


  • Doctor of Public Administration, honoris causa, Central Philippine University
  • Bayi Citation Award for Government Service, awarded in 2011
  • Outstanding Sillimanian Awardee in the field of Fiscal and Public Administration