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NMC Presidential Search Update (March 28, 2011)

The Northern Marianas College Board of Regents today announced that the top candidate it had selected to advance to the final stages of the presidential search has decided to withdraw from the search process.

“Finding the best president for the College remains the Board of Regent’s chief priority at this time,” said NMC Board of Regents Chairperson Juan T. Lizama.

“Although the candidate’s withdrawal presents a temporary setback to the search process, the Regents have other viable options and will be discussing these in the next few days,” Lizama said. “We are still very much committed to selecting a president expeditiously and without unnecessary delay.”

The Board of Regents did not indicate a specific reason for the withdrawal, citing concerns for the candidate’s privacy.

The Board of Regents had earlier announced the three final candidates for the NMC president who were recommended by the Presidential Search Committee. The three candidates include: Dr. Christa Adams, Dr. Jeff Armstrong, and Dr. Sharon Y. Hart.

“The other candidates recommended by the Presidential Search Committee are still under consideration,” added Lizama.

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) is aiding the Board of Regent’s search for the next NMC president. The agency, a nonprofit educational association, was tapped by the NMC Board of Regents to assist with the initial stages of the presidential search process as well as with the background searches of the final candidates. The organization has been credited for assisting numerous other colleges and universities with their search for a CEO/President.

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