ACBSP Board Chair Alejandro Cheyne Installed as the 120th Rector of Universidad del Rosario
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Posted by: Melinda Dorning
José Alejandro Cheyne García, Ph.D., 2018-19 Chair of the ACBSP Board of Directors, was recently installed as the 120th Rector of Universidad del Rosario. Founded in 1653, Rosario is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Colombia. Dr. Cheyne replaces Dr. José Manuel Restrepo Abondano, who resigned when he was appointed Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of the Colombian Government.
Dr. Cheyne was elected on October 1, through a public vote in which Number Colleges (15 active undergraduate students) and Consiliates (the Board of Directors of the institution, made up of five members) participated. According to Universidad del Rosario, this election system, which has had few variations since the 17th century, was imposed by the founder Fray Cristóbal de Torres, Archbishop of Santafé in the New Kingdom of Granada, to respond to the pretension of the Dominican religious to convert the Cloister into a seminary for the novices of the Order of Preachers. The term of Rector is four years, with possible reelection for two more periods, or a maximum of 12 years.
ACBSP President/CEO Jeffrey Alderman and Dr. Kim Wong, Chair-elect of the ACBSP Board of Directors attended the October 24 Solemn Ceremony of Possession of the Elected Rector in Bogotá, presided over by Iván Duque Márquez, President of the Republic of Colombia, in his capacity as Patron of the University.
President Duque highlighted the trajectory of the Universidad del Rosario as a teacher of great academics, scientists and personalities that have transformed the history of the country. President Duque said of Dr. Cheyne: “Today a recognition is given to a pedagogue, who has had the greatest exaltation: from a schoolboy [to rector].”
"I feel a deep and genuine emotion today when taking over the rectory of our Colegio Mayor,” said Dr. Cheyne. “I feel like a son, proud to be a man who emerged from the heart of the Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario."
Dr. Cheyne celebrates 30 years as a Rosarista with Universidad del Rosario in 2018, which highlights the role that the university has had in his life as in his career. "I have tremendous gratitude, because I understood my vocation to teaching and started a career between teaching, research, extension and management,” Dr. Cheyne said. “I believe great reflection is a delivery without limit and a work without rest. We will work hard with the only and real protagonists, our students, to deliver what they demand—a pedagogy where learning is privileged over teaching. This, accompanied by the use and appropriation of technology at the service of education, must be our future."
A History of Service
Dr. Cheyne is considered one of the most important professors in higher education programs in Colombia. His firm desire to share his experiences of theoretical - practical learning from a very young age has earned him several recognitions such as the Military Medal of Distinguished Services of the FF.MM, Executive of the Year of the International Junior Chamber Colombia, Number Collegiate of the University of Rosario and best professor in different universities. Dr. Cheyne was elected Chair of the ACBSP Board of Directors in June 2018, making him the first from Latin America to hold this position.
He previously served as Dean of the School of Management at Universidad del Rosario. Before joining Universidad del Rosario, Dr. Cheyne served as Rector of the Business University Foundation of the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá (Uniempresarial) for ten years. He was Vice-dean of the School of Economics of the Sergio Arboleda University, Director of the Business Advisory Unit of the Universidad del Rosario and Coordinator of specialization at the Universidad de la Sabana.
Dr. Cheyne studied at Los Cerros Gym. He is an Economist from the Universidad del Rosario, with a Specialization in University Teaching, a Specialization in Business Administration, a Master's Degree in Pedagogy, a Doctorate in Pedagogy from the UPAEP University in Mexico and International Management Studies. He holds a Doctorate in Pedagogy from UPAEP University, Mexico; economist and specialist in Business Administration and university teaching at the Universidad del Rosario.
Click the links below to read more about the election of Rector Alejandro Cheyne and to view photos from his installment ceremony: