FR. Karel S. San Juan, S.J.

Ateneo de Davao University
Davao City


Fr. Karel S. San Juan, S.J. is the current University President of Ateneo de Davao University in Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines starting September 15, 2023. 

He started off as a consultant and facilitator for the Ateneo de Manila University Office for Mission, Identity, and Organizational Development in 2000 to 2004. Fr. San Juan also held other positions such as program officer for the Center for Ignatian Spirituality (CIS-Philippines) and Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) from 2000 – 2002, and served as a Treasurer of the UGAT Foundation. During 2007, he earned his Doctorate in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University and in June of the same year became executive director for the Emmaus Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation.

Father San Juan served as the Ateneo de Zamboanga University’s third president for a decade (2013-2023) before his current position succeeding Fr. Joel E. Tabora as Ateneo de Davao University’s president. 

Prior to his election as President, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Ateneo de Davao University, as well as Xavier University (Cagayan de Oro City), Ateneo de Manila University, and the Emmaus Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation. 

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