University President


Ateneo de Davao University
Davao City


Rev. Fr. Joel E. Tabora S.J., began his tenure as the fourth president of the Ateneo de Davao University in June 2011.

Father Tabora was born in Manila in 26 September 1947. He entered the Society of Jesus in 16 July 1965 and is a graduate of Leopold-Franzens University, Innsbruck, Austria, and Ateneo de Manila University. His doctorate is in Philosophy and his particular expertise focuses on Karl Marx.

Prior to his appointment at Ateneo de Davao University, Father Tabora served as President of Ateneo de Naga University (1999-2011).

Early in his career, Father Tabora was an instructor at Ateneo de Manila University, Rector of the San Jose Seminary (1989-1995), and President of Loyola School of Theology (1994-1999).

He currently serves as a trustee at Xavier University (Cagayan de Oro City), Ateneo de Zamboanga University (Zamboanga City), Catholic Ministry for Deaf People, Philippine Jesuit Foundation, Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) and Davao Association of Catholic Schools (DACS-CEAP XI). He is also the President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP). He also serves as President  of Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) and the Davao Association of Catholic Schools (DACS), and the National Vice President of CEAP. He serves as member of the International Committee on Jesuit Higher Education. He is the Jesuit Province Assistant for Education. He is the Chair of CEAP’s Social Advocacy Committee, and member of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Technical Panel for General Education.

He was a trustee of Ateneo de Manila University (1994-2002, 2005-2011), East Asian Pastoral Institute (1994-1999), Asian Institute of Management (2004-2007), Environmental Science for Social Change (1997-2001), a delegate to the 34th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (1995, Rome). He was the Chair of Catholic Ministry for Deaf People (1996-2009), Loyola College of Culion (2008-2011), Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus Committee on Evangelization of Culture (2001-2004), President of COCOPEA-Bikol (2004-2009), Treasurer (2004-2008) and President (2008-2010) of Bikol Association of Catholic Schools, Vice President of Bikol Foundation for Higher Education, President of Catholic Educational Association of Caceres and Libmanan (2003-2008), President of Kristong Hari Foundation (1988-2005) and former COCOPEA Chair (2016-2017).

Throughout his career, Father Tabora has demonstrated a commitment to “whole person formation”, social justice and spirituality: traditional hallmarks of Jesuit education.

Office of the University President
Canisius Hall
Ateneo de Davao University
E Jacinto St, 8016 Davao City
Tel +63 82 221.2411 local 8201 | Fax +63 82 226.4116

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