FATHER Mars P. Tan assumes his new important mission in leadership as president of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan starting August 1, 2020, succeeding Father Roberto "Bobby" Yap SJ.
In a university memorandum, Yap, who assumed his new role as president of Ateneo de Manila University, assured that Tan will continue to "bring his many gifts of conviction, determination, compassion, wisdom and human warmth to his new role as president."
Tan holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame Australia; a master's degree in Environmental Science from the University of the Philippines; a master's degree in Theology from the Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila; and a Biology graduate from Ateneo de Davao.
He was born and raised in Surigao del Norte. He was also a Jesuit Regent assigned to teach at Xavier University High School from 1992 to 1994.
He is a current member of the XU Board of Trustees and incumbent director of the McKeough Marine Center of Xavier Ateneo.
In his message, Tan said he is ready and happy to serve the Xavier Ateneo community and the mission.
"I am here also asking for your prayers and support as we together overcome the pandemic challenges while aiming higher and bolder in the months and years ahead," Tan said.