Dr. Luis Calingo Appointed Next Woodbury University President


Dr. Luis Ma. R. Calingo has been appointed the 13th President of Woodbury University, upon the retirement of President Kenneth R. Nielsen, effective July 1, 2012. Dr. Nielsen will continue to be affiliated with Woodbury University as president emeritus and as a consultant to the new president and the board of trustees until June 2013.

Dr. Calingo has served as executive vice president and chief academic officer at Dominican University in Northern California since 2009, and previously served as dean of the School of Business and Leadership. Prior to joining Dominican, Dr. Calingo served as dean of the Boler School of Business at John Carroll University and as dean of the College of Business Administration at California State University, Long Beach. He also served as division head and program director at the Nanyang Business School, Singapore and held several administrative positions, including associate dean and interim dean, at the Sid Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno.

He earned his bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering and master of science degree in urban and regional planning from the University of the Philippines. He also holds MBA and PhD degrees from the Katz School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Calingo is a long-time member of the board of examiners for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the country’s highest award for quality and business excellence, and the founding director of the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership in Long Beach. He has authored a number of publications in the fields of global business, total quality management, and strategic planning.

He has been married to Gemeline for 31 years and they have three daughters, Ashley, Alexandra, and Arienne.

"I know you all join me in congratulating Dr. Calingo and conveying to him our support, as we continue to work together to build on the strong foundation and remarkable achievements of Woodbury University over the past 16 years, under the outstanding leadership and vision of President Kenneth R. Nielsen," said Robert W. Kummer, Jr., chair, Board of Trustees, Woodbury University, in announcing the appointment on February 28, 2012.