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Regents Announce Offer to Dr. Armstrong (April 19, 2011)

Northern Marianas College Board of Regents Chairperson Juan T. Lizama announced that the negotiations with Dr. Sharon Hart have ended.

The Board had earlier announced that the position of President was formally offered to Dr. Hart, who was one of the finalists advanced by the Presidential Search Committee.

“Although we continue to have deep respect for her and her extensive educational background, our negotiations with Dr. Hart were not successful,” said Lizama.

According to Lizama, the position of NMC President will be offered to Dr. Jeff Armstrong, who was also one of the three candidates advanced by the Presidential Search Committee a few weeks ago. Dr. Armstrong also possesses many years of leadership experience in the field of higher education.

“As I’ve indicated, the Board of Regents is cognizant of its important obligation to expeditiously hire a president and how that decision impacts the College’s compliance with certain accreditation standards and eligibility requirements,” said BOR Chairperson Juan T. Lizama. “We will continue to move forward with the process identified by the Board presidential search resolution and with finding a president who will best lead the College.”

The Presidential Search Committee had earlier announced that 31 individuals had applied for the NMC presidency. The applications were screened by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), a nonprofit educational association. ACCT 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.

In addition to BOR Member Andrew Orsini (who served as the chair of PSC), the other members of the Presidential Search Committee included: David Sablan, President, Century Insurance Company; John Oliver Gonzales, Executive Director, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library and NMC Alumnus; Jesus Elameto, Retiree and former PSS Administrator; Juanita Mendiola, Former Tinian Municipal Council Chairperson; Barbara Merfalen, Dean, NMC Academic Programs and Services; and Antonio Tiples, President, Associated Students of NMC.

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