Deeply saddened by the anticipated mass resignation of the faculty and staff with the change of leadership of a private school where he was the former president, Dr. Anecito D. Villaluz Jr. decided to put up his own school where he could freely make use of his publicly acknowledged and admired managerial skills and organizational expertise.
The preparations for the new school started in March 2009. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued the school registration permit on March 24, 2009. The Department of Education (DepEd) Western Visayas regional office issued the permit for the basic education on June 1, 2009. The school established a consortium with the Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) for degree programs, namely: BS Accountancy, BS Accounting Technology, BS Business Administration, BS Hospitality Management, and the 2-year Midwifery course. The administrators, faculty and staff, parents and guardians, and guardians, and friends of Southland College combined efforts and resources to strengthen the new school. Each of them undertook the assigned task without expecting any personal reward. It was evident that God is shaping the Southland destiny through the hearts, hands and minds of this people.
The Regional Quality Assessment Team (RQUAT) and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) supervisors readily issued permits for all degree programs after validating the requirements and inspecting the facilities. The school was formally launched on May 13, 2009. It was followed by a grand caravan. The following days saw the advertisements and promotions blitz in various towns and cities.
By the end of the enrolment period, God gave Southland College its needed initial number of students. It was an impressive number for a new school which opened within a few months time after its inception. A thanksgiving service with the theme “Triumph Amid Trials” was held on August 28, 2009 morning. It was immediately followed by the school’s very first academic convocation. The officers of student councils, faculty and staff club, and the parents and teachers assemblies were inducted in the afternoon. Acquaintance parties in all levels followed.
With the fast-paced establishment of the school was without no controversy, especially smear and false information disseminated by those critical of the school particularly on the matters of permit to operate different programs, but the school complied and was inspected by authorities thus granted a permit and even assurance to its students in all of its programs, on November 2009 The School of Basic Education was given Government Recognition then followed by the Diploma in Midwifery in November 2010.
The school invested a college complex with modern classroom convenience and facilities to cater the needs of its students, the construction commenced last March 2010 and finished in August 2012.