To: The Miriam College Community
From: The Chairperson, Board of Trustees
It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of a new President for Miriam College, Ambassador Laura Quiambao - Del Rosario, who begins her term as 9th President of Miriam College on October 1, 2019.
Ambassador Del Rosario is a distinguished career diplomat with an outstanding track record of 37 years in the Philippine Foreign Service, culminating in her appointment as Undersecretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs. A true leader in service, her committed work in government was recognized with the Gawad Kamanong Presidential Award (the Grand Cross) for her work in economic diplomacy in 2012 and the Sikatuna Presidential Award for her work as chair of the Senior Officials’ Meetings for the APEC Manila Summit in 2016. She served in various capacities in Philippine Embassies abroad, including Vienna, Singapore, and Washington, D.C., her last appointment being as Philippine Ambassador to India and Vietnam. Upon retirement, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit.
Ambassador Del Rosario is an alumna and a recipient of the coveted Mother Mary Joseph award upon her graduation. She received her Bachelor’s Degree major in English Literature, magna cum laude, from Maryknoll College. She is also a Maryknoll/Miriam College Amazing Alumna Achiever. She holds two master’s degrees: a Master of Arts in Literature, benemeritus, from the University of Santo Tomas; and a Master in Education major in Educational Administration from the University of the Philippines.
A seasoned educator and academic leader, she started her professional career at Maryknoll College where she taught literary studies, swiftly moving up as Director of Admissions of the College. She continues to serve her alma mater as a Trustee of the Miriam College Board, evidence of her strong love and desire to serve the school.
Ambassador Del Rosario’s work as Director General of the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs (2009-2011), with focus on strategic studies and training of DFA personnel, and international perspective will further enhance the school’s present efforts to expand global partnerships and academic opportunities.
We are honored and excited by this opportunity to have another alumna leading the school, especially at such critical time in education and in the life of the institution. The Board trusts that Ambassador Del Rosario will bring Miriam College forward with wisdom and passion, as we work towards further strengthening Miriam College in Quezon City and Nuvali, Laguna, with the future opening of our third campus in Porac, Pampanga. Let us give Ambassador Del Rosario our full support.
We are grateful to Dr. Rosario Lapus for her excellent leadership of Miriam College in the past nine years. Her innovative and up-to-date approach to teaching and learning which places students at the very center of our Miriam College education has cultivated distinguishing strengths of the institution as an all-girls school in Quezon City, particularly in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) and Design Thinking. Her leadership of the school has also ensured the flourishing of our co-educational Nuvali campus, which has started to produce promising K to 12 graduates, and the strategic acquisition of an upcoming site in Porac, Pampanga. Dr. Lapus has put the school in a good and strong position for the future.
The Board thanks the Miriam College community for being so generous and thoughtful with advice on this leadership search at a pivotal moment for the school.
We count on everyone’s continued support, hard work, and enthusiasm so that the institution may realize its mission, vision, and goals as we transition to a new, yet equally committed, leadership.
May God’s blessings be ours in this new journey.
JOSEFINA N. TAN