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Last May, the Northern Marianas College Board of Regents announced the appointment of Dr. Sharon Y. Hart as the new NMC President. Dr. Hart brings extensive leadership and academic experience. Listed below are her professional accomplishments, work history, education, and publications:

Sharon Y. Hart, Ph.D

Dr. Sharon Hart was born and raised in Michigan and has spent almost 30 years in higher education. She has her PhD out of the University of Illinois where her thesis focused on the employment status of women in non-traditional careers. Most recently she served in Jamaica as Deputy President of the University College of the Caribbean. While in the U.S. she served as president of North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) from 2000-2006. NDSCS is the nation’s second oldest community college (1903). Additionally, she led Middlesex Community College, Connecticut, as president from 1997-2000. Hart has also enjoyed administrative responsibilities as Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at NorthCentral Technical College in Wisconsin; Administrative Dean for Agriscience, Apprenticeship, and Technical and Industrial Division at Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin; and, Director of Institutional Research and Evaluation at Chicago City-Wide College. Hart has developed partnerships with colleges and universities around the globe and has published and presented at conferences world-wide.

Her accomplishments, recognitions, and achievements are many. Some of these include:

  • Selected by Washington D.C. as one of the U.S. college presidents to attend the Higher Education and Democratic Culture: Citizenship, Human Rights and Civic Responsibility Forum held at the Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg, France. Responsibility of this Forum was to develop and disseminate world-wide a global position paper on democracy in higher education.
  • Co-recipient of the 2002 Bellweather Award for outstanding achievement in governance, finance and planning. Award given annually to the top higher education educator/university in the U.S.
  • A Fulbright Scholar to India, conducting research in cooperation with the M.S. University of Baroda.
  • Appointed by Governor Hoeven of North Dakota to represent higher education on North Dakota’s Workforce Development Council.
  • Appointed by U.S. Senator Dorgan to serve on the Red River Valley Research Council.
  • President of the Wahpeton Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • President of the Connecticut - Paraiba (Brazil) Partners of the Americas.
  • Vice President of the Illinois - Sao Paulo (Brazil) Partners of the Americas
  • Commissioner, Women in Higher Education Commission of the American Council of Education.
  • Commissioner, Economic and Workforce Development Commission, American Association of Community Colleges.
  • Commissioner, Adult Learning and Educational Credentials, American Council on Education.
  • Commissioner, Global Commission, American Association of Community Colleges.
  • Commissioner, Minority Resources Commission, American Association of Community Colleges.
  • American Technical Education Association (ATEA) Board of Trustees
  • National Council on Occupational Education (NCOE) Board of Trustees
  • Board of Editors for The Journal of Technology Studies.
  • Consultant/Evaluator and Team Chair for North Central Association of Colleges and Schools for Institutional Accreditation.
  • Consultant/Evaluator for the American Council on Education to award college credit to the U.S. Military and corporate universities/business/industry.

Dr. Hart is married to Steven West and has three children””Gavin, Danielle and Micah.

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