Dr. Feliciana Pascual-Jacoba who was elected on February 10, 2016 as the 3rd President of the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST), Cabanatuan City, was formally installed into office in a fitting investiture ceremony on September 8, 2016.
A mechanical engineer by profession, Pres. Jacoba is a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree holder. She succeeded Dr. Gemiliano C. Calling and Dr. Hilario C. Ortiz, the first and second presidents of the university, respectively.
The investiture ceremony was preceded by a Concelebrated Mass presided by Most Rev. Sofronio A. Bancud, SSS, DD., Bishop of the Diocese of Cabanatuan, together with four priests of the diocese.
Gracing Pres. Jacoba’s investiture rites were CHED Commissioner Ruperto S. Sangalang, representing CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan, CHED Region III Director Caridad O. Abuan, DOST Region III Director Julius Caesar V. Sicat, NEDA Region III Director Severino C. Santos, and other members of the NEUST Board of Regents, Nueva Ecija Provincial Administrator Alejandro R. Abesamis representing Governor Czarina “Cherry” D. Umali, Representative Rosana “Ria” Vergara of the 3rd Congressional District of Nueva Ecija, Cabanatuan City Mayor Julius Cesar V. Vergara and other LGU officials in Nueva Ecija, presidents of the State Universities and Colleges in Region III, presidents of private schools, colleges and universities in the city, officials and representatives of DepEd and other NGOs and other invited guests, together with the officials, faculty members, non-teaching personnel and students of NEUST.
Born on November 20, 1966 in Cabanatuan City, Dr. Jacoba finished her elementary education in 1979 as valedictorian. She took her secondary education at Mount Carmel College, Baler, Aurora, where she graduated second honorable mention in 1983. She pursued her tertiary education at the then Central Luzon Polytechnic College (now NEUST) where she finished in 1988 her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree, cum laude, and was conferred an Outstanding BSME Student Award.
Her colorful journey as an educator in NEUST started in 1990 as a part-time faculty member. In three years’ time, she was able to prove her prowess for which she was given an opportunity to serve the University as an Instructor from 1993 to 1997. Soon after, she was promoted as assistant professor from 1997 to 2005, as associate professor from 2005 to 2012 when she became the Dean of the Graduate School, and as Professor IV from 2012 to 2015 when she became the Vice President for Research, Extension and Training and concurrently as SUC Vice President III.