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New Faculty Senate President Named (February 10, 2012)

The Northern Marianas College Faculty Senate, the College’s faculty governance body, recently welcomed John Cook as their new president.

In his prior position as Faculty Senate Vice President, Cook assumed the presidency upon former president Dr. John Griffin’s resignation from the position in anticipation of his upcoming retirement this year. Griffin is currently serving as a senator until his official retirement date.

“I’m extremely honored to be serving the College and the faculty in this role,” said Cook. “I’m also deeply grateful to John Griffin for his friendship and the mentoring he’s given me while I’ve served as faculty senate vice-president. Northern Marianas College is a much better place for his devoted service.”

Cook will serve as president until May 2012, which is when the Faculty Senate elects officers for the 2012-2013 year. He will also serve as an honorary member of the NMC Board of Regents.

Cook added “As faculty senate president, I look forward to working with the Faculty Senate with NMC’s President Dr. Sharon Hart, and with the Board of Regents, the Management Team, and the multitude of other extremely talented people at the College.”

Since December 2010 Cook has served as the CNMI Archivist at the CNMI Archives located at the College’s As Terlaje campus. In addition to his duties in the CNMI Archives, Cook is currently teaching a course in the College’s criminal justice program.

Cook is a graduate of Yale University, Oxford University, and Duke University School of Law. Before joining NMC, he previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alexandro C. Castro of the Northern Mariana Islands Supreme Court, and as a law clerk in the Rhode Island Trial Court Law Clerk Department. He is admitted to the bars of New York, Connecticut, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

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