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AGSB Dean Rudy Ang Appeals to the Ateneo Community: Do Not Rush to Judgment

"The fact that you have not been told what they have done does not mean that they have done nothing."
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It is incredibly disappointing and extremely hurtful to hear so many members of our Ateneo family so quickly rush to judgement and assert that (1) the school is doing nothing about the issue of bullying in general (and this specific incident/individual in particular), and (2) that if you are not well connected (“malakas”) your needs are not as important to the school as the needs of those who have the right “backers”.

As someone who has devoted his entire life to the Ateneo as a faculty member and administrator, I know that our administration has tried to do its best for all members of our community, big and small, rich and poor, “connected” or not. Many of the issues that have been raised are valid, but also complex. Many of the problems that we confront are not unique to the Ateneo, but point to deeper societal issues and problems. Solutions are therefore not also always as cut and dried as we might wish. We need to get all the facts of the case, then determine, as best we can, what is best for all concerned.

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"Many of the issues that have been raised are valid, but also complex. Many of the problems that we confront are not unique to the Ateneo, but point to deeper societal issues and problems."

You and I may not agree on how best to proceed, or how quickly we can proceed while balancing competing needs, and without being unfair to any of the parties concerned. But please at least accept that the people you are condemning in the university administration have for the most part devoted their entire lives to serving the community the best way they can. And while they (we) are imperfect, please do not characterize them so unfairly. Give them a chance to do what they need to do. Do not expect that whatever they have done or will eventually do will necessarily be reported back to you, or broadcast and posted all over social media. The fact that you have not been told what they have done does not mean that they have done nothing.

I am not involved in the investigation of this latest incident, nor will I be involved in its resolution. Even as a university administrator, I am not entitled to a blow-by-blow account of what the school is doing about this case, nor do I expect one.

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In my hurt and pain at all the attacks on the university, I am tempted to ask the attackers: “and you who are so quick to make your dim view of the school administration known all over social media? What have you done to help the university lately? What have you done recently to help address the needs of the members of our university community?” But I know that this is an unfair question, because I am not entitled to, nor should I expect, a blow-by-blow account of all that our alumni are doing to help the university, and to help our nation.

Unfair comments from outsiders do not bother me, because they are not members of the family. But when our own fellow Ateneans are so quick to rush to judgement, it hurts.

Dean Rudy Ang completed his undergraduate studies at the Ateneo de Manila University, and earned his MBA at Boston University. He has been an educator for over 30 years: beginning as a high school teacher in Xavier School, and then going on to teach at Ateneo de Manila. He became Chairman of the Management department in 1991, and was named Dean of the John Gokongwei School of Management (Loyola Schools) in 2004. He transferred to take on the role of Dean of the Graduate School of Business in 2014.

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Rodolfo Ang, MBA
Dean of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business
Rodolfo P. Ang, MBA, is the dean of the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.
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