bio_photoLuís María R. Calingo, Ph.D.
President, Woodbury University

Dr. Luís Ma. R. Calingo is the 13th President of Woodbury University. He was officially installed as the president of the 128-year-old university on October 20, 2012

Dr. Calingo joined Woodbury from Dominican University of California, where he was executive vice president and chief academic officer since 2009 and earlier was dean of the School of Business and Leadership. Dr. Calingo previously served as dean of the Boler School of Business at John Carroll University, the Jesuit university of Cleveland. Prior to Boler, Dr. Calingo was dean of the College of Business Administration and professor of international business at California State University, Long Beach and past chair of the California State University Association of Business Deans, which coordinates the academic leadership initiatives of the 23 business schools in the CSU system.

Dr. Calingo holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of the Philippines, and a B.S. in industrial engineering from the University of the Philippines. Dr. Calingo’s professional interests are servant leadership, strategic planning, total quality management, and international business with a focus on Southeast Asia. He has served as a member of the Board of Examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the country’s highest award for quality and performance excellence, since 1997.

An international expert in strategic planning and quality management, Dr. Calingo has assisted the governments of Indonesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam on the establishment and implementation of their Baldrige-based national awards for quality and business excellence, as well as the infusion of quality assurance into their higher education systems. Dr. Calingo has made more than 80 intellectual contributions (including books, journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations) and served as a reviewer for various scholarly journals and professional associations. He also wrote the first internationally distributed textbook on Asian business strategy, Strategic Management in the Asian Context (John Wiley & Sons, 1997).

Dr. Calingo has been a member of Vistage International since 2009 and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance, and Leadership Burbank. During his years as a Marin County resident, he served on the North Bay Leadership Council, the Workforce Investment Board, and the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities CYO of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Dr. Calingo has been married to Gemeline, his wife of 32 years. They have three daughters: Ashley Marie, Alexandra Nicole, and Arienne Louise.