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Saipan Tribune: 8 named to NMC presidential search panel (May 27, 2010)

Eight individuals were named to the Northern Marianas College Presidential Search Committee during yesterday's special meeting of the Board of Regents.

Board chair Janet H. King appointed regent Paz Younis to head the panel, whose main task will be to find the college's next chief executive officer.

The college's last president, Dr. Carmen Fernandez, was fired on April 12 after a months-long investigation into allegations of unauthorized changing of students' grades and other personnel issues.

The presidential search committee will be composed of seven individuals representing various NMC governance councils and one from the community.

Board policy dictates that the board chair has the authority to appoint the panel's members, who will assist regents in selecting qualified candidates for the NMC presidency.

Joining Younis on the team are Ed Camacho, an instructor at the college's Criminal Justice program; School of Education instructor Pam Buckingham; and Sam McPhetres, a faculty member from the Social Sciences Department.

Clarice Arriola, the Staff Senate president, will represent staff members, while Mindy Park will represent students.

King appointed John Manalo to represent the college's alumni on the panel.

Liz Rechebei was appointed to represent the CNMI community.

King is expected to name one more member to the panel.

The board also adopted yesterday a resolution outlining the search criteria and guidelines for the committee.

Based on a temporary timeline, the committee aims to name a new president by September.

An NMC president is paid an annual salary of $80,000 and an $800 monthly housing allowance. From a pool of applicants, the panel must narrow down the selection to the top five or three candidates for board interview and action.

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