BRIEF HISTORY OF PAC AND THE INSTITUTE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Pampanga Agricultural College was established by the Spaniards as an agricultural experimental station in 1885. Its original name was Estacion Pecuaria but was later renamed La Granja Modelo de Magalang. In 1910, it opened as the Magalang Farm School through the leadership and initiative of Governor Honorio Ventura, Assemblyman Andres Luciano, and the American District Supervisor, Kilmer Moe. It attained its status as Rural Secondary School and later named as Pampanga Agricultural School in 1919. Two years later, the school started to offer a curriculum for both intermediate and high school levels. The passage of Commonwealth Act No. 313 would have elevated it as Pampanga Agricultural High School, but the unstable peace and order situation led to its second closure. It resumed its operations as Pampanga National Agricultural School (PNAS) in December 1953, by virtue of Republic Act NO. 948. It gained its status as a college through House Bill 4576, otherwise known as Republic Act 4576.

As a college, it started to offer the two year agriculture course in 1969. Five years after, it attained the status of a state college, with Superintendent Felix V. Remigio as the first President. The offering of the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education in 1976 led to the forming of the Department of Arts and Sciences from then Academic Department.  Upon the retirement of President Remigio, Dr. Fortunato A. Battad was appointed by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos as the second President of the College on April 7, 1978. By the SY 1982-1983, other curricular offerings were implemented, making the Department of Arts and Sciences responsible in catering the academic subject needs of the various courses and curricula. In SY 1997-1998, the Department of Arts and Sciences started to function as a degree-granting department offering BS Biology, BS Mathematics, and AB English. In June 2005, it started to offer BS Development Communication.

Upon the transfer of President Fortunato Battad to Benguet State University in 1983, Dr. Fredesswinda R. Serrano was designated in-charge from November to December 1983.  In 1984, Dr. Ladislao P. Avila was designated Officer-in-Charge until April 30 of the same year.  Effective May 1, 1984, Dr. Ramon L. Simbulan was designated by President Ferdinand E. Marcos as acting President of the College, and on July 25, 1986, his appointment as College President was signed by Her Excellency President Corazon Aquino.  Upon  the  resignation  of Dr. Simbulan as PAC President on March  31, 1999, Dr. Emelita C. Kempis was designated as the Officer-in-Charge until the Board of Trustees unanimously chosen  Dr. Zosimo M. Battad as the fourth President on July 20, 1999.  He served PAC for two terms (eight years). 

On September 7, 2005, the Department became the Institute of Arts and Sciences, as per Board Resolution No. 05-89 with Dr. Epifania S. Gosioco, serving as the first IAS Dean from June 2005 to May 2010. From June 2010 to present, Dr. Jacqueline V. Bagunu was appointed the 2nd Dean of the institute.  Nevertheless, it still remained catering to the general education needs of the various courses offered by the Pampanga Agricultural College. Dr. Honorio M. Soriano Jr., was appointed as the fifth PAC President from July 2007 to present.

The Leaders of the Arts and Sciences through the Years:

June 1984 to May 1985

Ninfa R. Simbulan

Chair

June 1985 to May 1986

Emerenciana S. Ugalde

Chair

June 1986 to May 1988

Corazon N. Morales

Chair

June 1988 to May 1990

Victor L. Gamboa

Chair

June 1990 to July 16, 1990

Edralina P. Serrano

Chair

July 17, 1990 to September 23, 1990

Jacqueline V. Bagunu

Acting Chair

September 24, 1990 to October  23, 1991

Jacqueline V. Bagunu

Chair

 

Nov. 1991 to May 2001

Teresita D. Miranda

Chair

June 2001 to May 2003

Teresita S. Castro

Chair

June 2003 to May 2005

Jocelyn M. Viste

Chair

June 2005- May 2007

Epifania S. Gosioco

Chair

June 2007-May 2010

Epifania S. Gosioco

Dean

June 2010 to February 2013

Jacqueline V. Bagunu

Dean

February 2013 to present

Nora P. Lucero Dean