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Despite Adams’s Withdrawal, NMC Board Close to Naming New President (May 25, 2011)

The Northern Marianas College Board of Regents today announced that Dr. Christa Adams has formally withdrawn from the presidential search. At the same time, the Board also announced that other recent developments in the search process have drawn the Board closer to making a final selection of the next president.

“Barring any major changes, the NMC Board of Regents expects to name the next President of the Northern Marianas College real soon,” said BOR Chairperson Juan T. Lizama.

According to Lizama, the Regents have extensively deliberated its options and will be making a decision they feel best serves the students, faculty, staff and the community.

“Selecting the next College president is one of the most important decisions we will make as a Board,” said Lizama. “We know that the search process has had its challenges and we appreciate everyone’s patience and support as we work through them in a methodical, careful manner.”

Dr. Adams was one of the three candidates advanced by the Presidential Search Committee led by Regent Andrew Orsini. The other candidates included Dr. Sharon Hart and Dr. Jeff Armstrong.

“Although Dr. Adams withdrew her application from the search process, we still have the utmost respect for her and her impressive credentials and wish her the best.” Lizama added.

In addition to Regent Orsini, 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 the Northern Marianas College.

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