Dr. Catherine Castaneda is recognized for her important contributions in the field of Food Science & Nutrition, The Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs is now under the helm of a new appointee in the person of Dr. Catherine Q. Castañeda. Doc Caren, as she is fondly called, takes on the position previously held by Bro. Henry Escurel, CM, who will now focus on his role as Treasurer. She previously served as Consultant for Academic Affairs and Research prior to being appointed Vice President. Before joining Adamson, she was Director IV of the National Capital Region and the Office of Programs and Standards at the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for two years. For 30 years, she was Scientist II of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)'s Scientific Career System, doing qualitative research in nutrition anthropology. Dr. Castañeda has also been teaching in six other schools in a span of 32 years. Always intent on ushering the institution to greater academic heights, Dr. Castañeda has spelled out her major plans and priorities, including accreditation of all programs, intensive Outcomes-Based Education (OBE) training and retooling of the faculty, strengthening of the Graduate School, improving the board exam performance of graduates, upping the standards of research and establishing a Scientific Career System in AdU similar to that of the DOST, full implementation of the Senior High School program, increase of international tie-ups with good academic institutions, and improving faculty credentials. To date, she has been busy ensuring the retention of AdU’s university and autonomous status and complying with the steep requirements of CHED’s typology CMO. She has successfully encouraged the top management to offer new programs, notably Petroleum Engineering, which has now been issued a permit by CHED, and Technopreneurship, now being worked out with CHED and international academic institutions. Dr. Castañeda has an MS in Foods and Nutrition from the University of the Philippines and a PhD in Anthropology from the same university.