Accomplished UE CCSS Dean Passes Away

Prof. Rodany Arcon Merida, the incumbent Dean of the UE College of Computer Studies and Systems (CCSS), has passed away after a valiant fight against a lingering illness. He was 55.

A 1996 graduate of the UE CCSS’ Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program, Dean Merida had also worked in the University’s Management Information Systems Department (MISD), as the UE Information Technology Department was previously known—initially as an Administrative Assistant and ultimately as Database Administrator. He had also been the Supervisor of the Registration System of UE’s then Computer Institute for Studies and Systems (CISS), as the CCSS was initially known.

After a brief stint as STI College Dean, the man nicknamed “Danny” returned to his University and to his collegiate Alma Mater, after being appointed UE CCSS Dean in March 2006—the fifth dean in the history of UE’s youngest college.

It was under Dean Merida that the UE CCSS attained the much-coveted accreditations by Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) for the College’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS) and Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) programs, which are currently Level IV- and Level III-accredited; and the conversion of the previous Bachelor of Science in Information Management (BSIM) program into the upgraded Bachelor of Science in Information System (BSIS) program. He likewise steered the UE CCSS into becoming one of the first Philippine colleges to offer the Bachelor of Science in Entertainment and Multimedia Computing (BSEMC) program, with two specializations: Game Development and Digital Animation. And in partnership with the UE Graduate School, the Dean Merida-led CCSS co-established UE’s graduate programs of Doctor in Information Technology (DIT) and Master in Information Systems (MIS).

In his full 14 years as UE CCSS Dean, the College likewise built up linkages with global education partners, including three partnership agreements with Microsoft Corporation, Oracle Corporation, Pearson Education Asia, SAS Philippines, Singularity Solutions Consulting, and the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)—UE being IGDA’s first ever academic partner in Southeast Asia. Such tie-ups has allowed for the CCSS to deliver industry-relevant, marketable knowledge and skills for aspiring IT professionals.

Under the leadership of Dean Merida and with the unwavering support of the faculty and staff, the UE CCSS became certified by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as a Center of Development (COD) in Information Technology Education for the Calendar Year 2007-2010, a recognition that was effective up to December 31, 2015. And because the College demonstrated the highest degree or standards along the areas of Instruction, Research and Extension, CHED recognized the UE CCSS as a Center of Excellence (COE) in Information Technology Education since January 1, 2016.

Most recently, Dean Merida had been working with his CCSS team on international accreditation and higher levels of national accreditation for the CCSS degree programs.

Given his remarkable accomplishments as UE CCSS head, Dean Merida also held crucial posts beyond the University. He was a member of the Commission on Higher Education’s Regional Quality Assurance Team (CHED-RQAT) and was a frequent accreditor of IT-related programs of schools across the country as part of various accreditation teams of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA). He had also been the President of the Council of Deans in IT Education (CODITE)-NCR from 2016 to 2019.

A graduate as well of the UE Graduate School, where he had taken up Master in Business Administration and Master in Information Management (MIM, now the Master in Information Systems or MIS program), Dean Merida was also the incumbent President of the UE CCSS Alumni Association under the overall UE Alumni Association Inc. (UEAAI).

Despite his comparatively towering achievements and titles, Dean Merida was universally regarded as affable and fun-loving, as witness, among other instances, his many stints as co-emcee of UE’s annual Christmas Extravaganza programs and as chairman of UE’s various Faculty and Employee Conferences to date.

A native of San Teodoro, Mindoro Oriental, Dean Merida is survived by his wife and fellow UE employee Ana and their four children—all four of whom are UE graduates or students.

Rest in peace, Dean Rodany A. Merida. Thank you very much for being a dedicated Warrior CCSS Dean and eternal friend, mentor and idol to all!

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