Dr. Francisco B. Benitez became the university’s ninth president in 2011 having returned to the Philippines from teaching at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the fourth generation of the Benitez family to serve PWU and continues the family’s commitment to transformative and holistic education in the service of the nation.

Dr. Benitez is currently a Commissioner for Graduate Education of PAASCU (Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities) and a Trustee of PACU (Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities). He is also a Trustee of the Philippine Women’s College of Davao, which was founded by Helena Z Benitez, his grand aunt.

Dr. Benitez completed his undergraduate studies in Comparative Literature at Cornell University (summa cum laude) and his MA and Ph.D at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He is married to Charlotte Kuo and they have three daughters.

PWU Undeterred

Dear PWU-JASMS Community,

The Petition filed by PWU Chair Helena Z Benitez for the Involuntary Rehabilitation of PWU was dismissed by Manila RTC Judge Rainelda H. Estacio-Montesa on August 19, 2015.

The judge rejected the recommendation of its own court-appointed receiver who said PWU was capable of rehabilitation with the conjoining of Unlad Resources Development Corp. in the rehabilitation plan.


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