Edgardo Carlo Vistan is new UP Law dean

Edgardo Carlo Vistan II is the new dean of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law.

The UP College of Law announced the selection of its new dean in a statement on Saturday, March 13. It said the 43-year-old Vistan is one of the youngest to hold the position.

UP Law said that Vistan, the 16th UP Law dean, will serve from February 26, 2021 to 2024.

In his vision and mission statement, Vistan said, “A mindset of building on the gains of the past years while adjusting to the challenging demands of the present and future is what I commit to bring to the Office of the Dean of the UP College of Law.”

Vistan, who joined the UP Law faculty in January 2015, is currently the Director of the UP Office of Legal Aid (UP OLA).

He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in UP, where he graduated cum laude in 1998.  He took up law in UP, where he once again graduated cum laude as class valedictorian in 2003.  

Vistan obtained his Master of Laws degree from Yale Law School in 2017.  

UP Law said that to “ensure inclusivity and transparency in the selection process," aside from assessing the nominees’ qualifications, the search committee also organized public and sectoral forums, and made available to the public copies of the nomination letters, curricula vitae of the candidates, an their mission and vision statements.

“The nominees were evaluated based on their commitment to academic freedom and values and ideals of the University, distinction or outstanding academic credentials in their field of expertise aligned with the College of Law’s disciplines, leadership qualities and administrative or managerial capabilities, as well as consideration of resource generation, among others,” UP Law said.

The other nominees were Elizabeth Pangalangan-Aguiling, Jay Batongbacal, and Sandra Marie Olaso-Coronel. – Rappler.com