SorSU Top Management, Officials, Faculty, Personnel, and Retired Employees mourn the passing of former SSC President, Dr. Augusto R. Nieves

To honor one of the key figures in the journey of Sorsogon State University, SorSU President Dr. Geraldine F. De Jesus, University Key Officials, Faculty, and Personnel visited the wake of former Sorsogon State College (now SorSU) President, Dr. Augusto R. Nieves on October 24, 25, and 27, 2023 at the St. Peter Chapel, Diversion Road, Naga City.

SorSU President Dr. De Jesus and SorSU Bulan Campus paid respects on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. Meanwhile, SorSU employees from other campuses bid their farewells to Dr. Nieves on October 25 and 27, respectively. Moreover, Dr. Emilio B. Espinosa Sr. Memorial State College of Agriculture and Technology (DEBESMSCAT) President Dr. Arnel B. Millesca, and President Dr. Alex H. Navarroza of Bicol State College of Applied Science and Technology (BISCAST) were also present.

“A strong-willed and tireless leader, Dr. Augusto Nieves laid the foundations of what became a state university after almost three decades. A native of Camarines Sur – yet he is an adopted son of Sorsogon for his great service through leadership in higher education. For your eternal rest in the comfort of our Creator, we pray for you and shall never forget that you are one of the great pillars of our institution,” Dr. De Jesus shared when remembering the late President.

SorSU President Dr. Geraldine F. De Jesus

Dr. Augusto R. Nieves was the first President of Sorsogon State College (SSC) for two terms from 1995 to 2005. As the SSC’s first President, his administration worked to make SSC on the map of State Universities and Colleges not only in the Region but also in the country. He was responsible for the opening of academic programs, enhancement of curriculum, and strengthening instruction, research, extension, and production. Further, he also initiated the College’s international linkages in the late 90s to early 20s, establishing networks in Japan, South Korea, Australia, the United Kingdom, and other countries under the Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) program.

The University also sends its immense appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Nieves for mentoring people and leading change from a trade school to the College it is now. His legacy is etched in every SorSUeno. Mula sa Pamantasang may Puso, maraming maraming salamat po, Dr. Nieves.
SorSU extends its sympathies and condolences to the family and loved ones of former President Dr. Nieves.

For those who wish to attend, the funeral mass for Dr. Nieves will be on October 29, 2023, at 2:30 PM at Penafrancia Basilica Minore, Naga, Camarines Sur, and the interment to follow at Sto. Nino Memorial Park, Balatas Road, Naga City. (SorSU PIO)