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NMC Board Names New Presidential Search Committee Members (December 29, 2010)

The Northern Marianas College Board of Regents today announced the composition of the new Presidential Search Committee that will play an important role in selecting the next president of the College. The Committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The members of the new Presidential Search Committee are:

  1. David Sablan, President, Century Insurance Company
  2. John Oliver Gonzales, Executive Director, Joeten-Kiyu Library
  3. Jesus Elameto, Retiree and former PSS Administrator
  4. Juanita Mendiola, Former Tinian Municipal Council Chairperson
  5. Barbara Merfalen, Dean, NMC Academic Programs and Services
  6. Antonio Tiples, President, Associated Students of the Northern Marianas College

The Search Committee will be chaired by Regent Andrew Orsini. The Committee has been tasked with helping to screen candidates by interviewing them and recommending a short list to the Board of Regents, who will make the final selection.

“We are grateful for the dedication and commitment that the committee members have pledged to secure the best applicants for this important position,” said Maria “Paz” Younis, chairperson of the NMC Board of Regents.

The search process will be aided by the Association of Community College Trustees, a national nonprofit educational association that has assisted numerous other colleges and universities with their search for a CEO/President.

“Already, a local and national search is ongoing to recruit qualified candidates,” added Younis. “There’s a lot of work ahead of us, but finding and hiring a president continues to be the Board’s priority and we will move as expeditiously as possible to accomplish this.”

In its regular meeting last week, the NMC Board of Regents adopted a resolution that guides the search process. The resolution states that the process of hiring a president should be “inclusive, dignified, fair, transparent, and consistent with applicable Board policies and federal and local laws.”

The resolution also states that “while the selection and hiring of a new president must occur in the most transparent manner, it is also imperative that the Board take into consideration that certain information must remain confidential to protect the privacy of the applicants and the integrity of the selection process.”

To view the presidential vacancy announcement or for more information about the presidential search, visit

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