Fr. Ruel F. Lero, SVD is the Program Director of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry program of the Divine Word School of Theology, Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City. He is a religious missionary of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) and was ordained a priest on March 9, 2005.
Following his communication degree from the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Fr. Lero studied philosophy at Christ the King Mission Seminary (Quezon City) before completing his theological training (magna cum laude) at the Divine Word School of Theology in Tagaytay. Further studies in Tagaytay led to a Master of Arts in Theology (summa cum laude) followed by a Bachelor in Sacred Theology (magna cum laude) from the Pontificia Universita Urbaniana. He returned to UPLB to complete a Doctor of Philosophy major in Extension Education, which also earned him Academic Achievement and Best Dissertation awards.
Fr. Lero has held numerous teaching and administrative positions including Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences (2009–11) and concurrent Director for Graduate Studies (2012–15), Research and Publication (2013–15), and the Center for Local Governance (2013–15) at Holy Name University. His previous assignment prior to his current one was as Vice President for Academic Affairs of Holy Name University in Tagbilaran City. He serves as a faculty member of the Divine Word School of Theology, Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City, as well as in Pastoral Communication at the Graduate School of the University of Sto. Tomas.
A member of the USC Board of Trustees since 2013, Fr. Lero is also a Trustee of Liceo del Verbo Divino, Divine Word Hospital, and Word Broadcasting Corporation.