ABOUT THE PRESIDENT
Sr. Concepcion Plaza Gasang, m.a. is the current president of the Assumption College of Davao (ACD). She has been the 9th School President since the position was established after the organizational restructuring in 1996 and the 15th Head of the School since the Assumption Academy (now College) of Davao was founded in 1958.
Sr. Ching, as she is commonly called, was born on April 28, 1951 in Saguing, Makilala, North Cotabato, Philippines. Her parents were Evaristo B. Gasang and Concepcion C. Plaza.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in English and a minor in History from Notre Dame of Kidapawan College in 1971. She got her Master of Science in Educational Management in 1980 and a Doctor of Education Major in Educational Management in 2005, both at De La Salle University—Manila.
She was the first president appointed by the Coordinating Body of the Missionaries of the Assumption in 1996. She was the coordinator (General Superior) of the Missionaries of the Assumption from 1999 to 2006.
Sr. Ching had also assumed other leadership roles in ACD. She was the principal of the Sunday High School Education Program (now the Modified Work and Study Program) from 2007 through the first semester of 2008-2009 and became the Dean of College for the Second Semester of 2008-2009. She was again appointed president from 2009 to 2013. Her educational leadership in various positions since 2007 led to the institutionalization of Ecozoic Learning and Living, a call for a right and just relationship with all of God’s creation. With Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical, ACD continued its commitment to advocacy and institutionalizing its care for the environment and ecologically related policies and programs.
Upon her return as President of ACD in 2022, Sr. Ching encouraged everybody to advance a kind of education that transforms the self and is relevant and responsive to the needs of communities and society. As an educator, she calls for consistency in implementing the school’s quality transformative education. This educational philosophy shall be defined democratically and improved along with a regular and comprehensive assessment and evaluation of all programs, including leadership and management systems.