Ex-CSC chair Duque takes over as president of family-owned university

June 2, 2015 4:38 am 

DAGUPAN CITY, June 1 — There was changing of the guard at the Lyceum Northwestern University (LNU), one of the premier universities of Dagupan and Pangasinan, when former Civil Service Commission (CSC) and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III assumed as president of their family-owned institution, taking over from his brother.

Duque III took over from his brother Atty. Gonzalo Duque who becomes university chancellor, and who was president of the university for 17 long years.

Duque was sworn in as the fifth LNU president by his elder brother Cesar Duque, who is chairman of the board of trustees, and likewise affiliated the oath of office of Atty. Duque as the second LNU chancellor.

In his speech, Duque paid tribute to their parents, the late Pangasinan Governor Francisco Duque and his wife the late Florencia Duque, their late brother Salvador, Atty. Gonzalo T. Duque and other Duque sibling for nurturing the school "to become what it is today".

"This small school has transformed to the nurturing of our parents and brothers who served as presidents and brother and sisters as directors to become what it is today," Duque III said.

The new LNU president said LNU now offers 42 degree and post-degree courses, including technical and vocational courses. It has a satellite school in Urdaneta City.

He hailed his late brother Salvador for founding the Metro Dagupan Construction Earthquake Rehabilitation Foundation for helping initiate the rehabilitation of Dagupan damaged by a destructive quake on July 16, 1990.

He also noted that the immediate past president also allowed the university to extend its services to Dagupan City and Pangasinan.

Meanwhile, Atty. Duque reminisced that SLU started as Polyclinic School of Nursing and Midwifery with their father, the late Gov. Duque who also served as Health Secretary during the Macapagal administration, as first president.

It was the Duque patriarch who opened the colleges of medicine and dentistry when the school was still called Lyceum of Dagupan.

When their father died, there was an offer to buy the college of medicine but their mother Florencia who took over as second president, resisted this and in fact bought the Northwestern College.

The purchase gave birth to a merger and the name Lyceum Northwestern College. With the death of the Duque matriarch at the age of 59, the eldest sibling Salvador, a medical doctor, became the third President.

Atty. Duque was installed as president in May 2001 and it was during his incumbency that the school obtained a university status and a deregulated status from the Commission on Higher Education.

Other members of the board of trustees who attended the installation of Dr. Duque III as fifth LNU president are Dr. Marco Duque, eldest son of The late Dr. Salvador Duque, Grace Duque-Dizon and Luz Duque Hammershaimb.

Mayor Belen Fernandez congratulated the two Duque brothers for their noteworthy achievements to the city and the nation.

She presented them with separate resolutions passed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) extending congratulations to the Duque's for their noteworthy achievements to the city and country. (PNA)

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