Catanduanes State University

At the forefront facing the eastern pacific seaboard, is the Catanduanes State University, one of the distinguished state universities in the region. Driven by firm resolve in upholding the tradition of excellence through united front and consistent spirit.

Dr. Lily P. Custodio as CatSU’s first ever EVP: A Leader with a Proven Track Record of Success


To ensure that the plans and programs under the Vision of HOPE are properly implemented, CatSU President Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza created the position of Executive Vice President, a first for the institution in 62 years.

Because of her integrity and proven track record as a faculty member and an administrator, the first Executive Vice President came on top of the list and personal choice for Dr. Azanza.

Upon approval by the Board, he recommended the designation of Dr. Lily P. Custodio – and was endorsed as the first ever Executive Vice President of Catanduanes State University by the Administrative Council during its meeting on January 9, 2023.

Her designation was unanimously approved by the Board of Regents during its 212th (Regular)/4th Quarter Board of Regents Meeting on January 18, 2023.  

As EVP, Dr. Custodio holds the second highest position in terms of authority.

Fondly called "Doc Lily" by many, she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Accounting from the Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC) in 1979, and subsequently became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Dr. Custodio completed her Master of Science in Management, Major in Business Administration in 1989, where she received the Outstanding Research award for her thesis titled "Comparative Cases of Growth Rates Among Small Scale Manufacturing Businesses in Region V: Implications to Financial Management."

She was among the faculty members sent to study in Australia for her graduate studies during the time of then visionary CSC President, Dr. Rodolfo V. Azanza, the father of the present CatSU President, Dr. Patrick Alain T. Azanza.

She finished her Master of Educational Administration (MEdAd) at Flinders University of South Australia and continued to pursue her Post Graduate studies in the same institution, earning her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Strategic Management in 1996 with a dissertation titled "Career Perceptions in the Philippines: Study of Academic Executives."

Dr. Custodio began her CatSU journey in 1980 as an Instructor and climbed up the ranks, achieving her current academic position as Professor VI.

She also served as the Dean of the College of Business and Accountancy from 1998 to 2009, and held several administrative designations, leading major divisions such as Academic Affairs (AA), Administrative & Financial Affairs (AFA), and Research, Extension and Production Affairs (REPA).

She also chaired the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) and served as the Dean of the Graduate School.

Prior to her appointment as the first ever CatSU Executive Vice President, Dr. Custodio was the Vice President for Academic Affairs. In this role, she worked hard with the President to create 11 new academic programs, including those that required accreditation.

As EVP, Dr. Custodio's principal responsibilities include overseeing and administering the planning process of the University, providing leadership to all academic programs and Units, leading the assessment of the University's strategic plan, promoting linkage and modification of academic programs to meet the evolving missions of the University, aligning academic programs with the University's strategic plan, and meeting the needs of students and faculty.

The EVP is also expected to provide leadership to departments and offices responsible for the following functions: diversity and equal opportunity, external academic affairs, faculty development, academic assessment, institutional research, international programs, undergraduate affairs, and others as assigned.

Furthermore, she is expected to provide leadership and guidance to all College Deans to enhance effective operation, cost efficiency, and high-quality academic programs while working with all constituency groups to ensure that the University's academic programs have achieved or are approaching high national ranking or are well-placed with respect to the University's peer or aspirational benchmark group.

Lastly, the EVP is responsible for ensuring effective communication with the Office of the President, monitoring the agenda for inclusion in different councils such as the Administrative Council, Academic Council, University Research Council and Extension Council, and Resource Generation and Utilization Council.

With her exceptional knowledge, intellect, and leadership skills, Dr. Lily P. Custodio is undeniably the ideal one for the position.  #CVecilles