Luis Ma. R. Calingo, who abruptly resigned as president of Woodbury University, will become president of a Catholic university in the Philippines this fall, the Burbank school announced on Monday.

Calingo, appointed president of Woodbury in 2012, stepped down from his post in February. He previously was executive vice president and chief academic officer at Domincan University in San Rafael.

Calingo was born in Manila and cited his family roots and desire to give back to his native country as his reasons for accepting the position at Holy Angel University, which enrolls nearly 20,000 students and has 900 employees.

The university is in Angeles City, about 60 miles north of Manila, and has a long tradition of social justice, including educating students from economically disadvantaged groups, Woodbury’s statement said.

Dr. David Dauwalder, formerly the university’s provost, has been serving as interim president since Calingo went on sabbatical starting March 1.

A search committee has initiated a nationwide search for a permanent replacement.