Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of San Carlos
Fr. Aleksander Gaut, SVD is the Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of San Carlos and concurrently the Admonitor of the Society of the Divine Word Philippine Southern (SVD-PHS) Province. He is a religious missionary of the Society of the Divine Word and was ordained a priest on December 10, 1999.
He graduated with a Philosophy degree from St. Paul Major Seminary in Edalero, Flores in his native Indonesia, and completed two master’s degrees, one in Pastoral Theology from the Divine Word School of Theology in Tagaytay City and another in Sociology from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). He then proceeded to earn a Ph.D. in Community Development from UPLB in 2010, receiving an Academic Excellence Award from the University’s Graduate School in 2011.
Rising from the ranks, he started as an assistant parish priest at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish in Los Baños, Laguna before becoming Chaplain at the University of San Carlos from 2000 to 2005. He then joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 2010 and became its chair in 2011, overseeing its integration with the Department of History to become the Department of Anthropology, Sociology and History. He left the University of San Carlos briefly in 2015–2016 to hold a visiting lecturer position at the Department of Asian Studies of Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan before returning home to assume his current administrative responsibility.