NMI College Faculty Complaints Received By President Hart

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Hart will give response to NMC’s board of regents

By Moneth Deposa

SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, Dec. 27, 2012) – Northern Marianas College president Sharon Y. Hart, Ph.D, confirmed that she indeed received the latest report of faculty president Amanda Angel-Diaz who was instructed by the Board of Regents (BOR) to provide substantial "evidence" on all allegations raised by the faculty against the chief executive officer.

Without citing the specifics of the report, Hart assured yesterday that she will submit a response and vowed that all concerns will be adequately addressed soon.

The Board of Regents ordered during Friday's meeting the submission of evidentiary report from the faculty president which was due last Monday and a response thereafter from Hart. The president has until noon today to comply with the board's order.

Saipan Tribune learned that the evidence report, which was also filed at the board, remains sealed as of yesterday pending receipt of Hart's response. It is expected that the board will make a determination on the "no confidence vote" against the president in the continuation of its meeting.

In a statement to Saipan Tribune yesterday, Hart confirmed that she is in receipt of the materials that the members of the Faculty Senate submitted.

"President Hart is currently reviewing the information and indicated that she will be addressing each of the issues raised in a manner prescribed by Board of Regents and its policies," indicated the college statement yesterday.

While Hart indicated that her response to the issues will be provided to the board in the time allotted, she stressed that she has always welcomed the opportunity to hear concerns "openly and inclusively."

Hart also emphasized that "what is important now is to get down to the facts and/or issues that have been raised, address them appropriately, learn from them, and then work together to move forward for the benefit of the college, the community, and most especially the students."

During the last board meeting, Hart said that one of the most basic beliefs or values within higher education is the importance of holding all members of a college accountable-especially the president-for their judgment and decision making, not only a simple adherence to BOR policy.

"The concerns raised by members of the faculty are important and I appreciate that they have been brought forward. As I've vowed, I will examine each and every concern and will respond to them," said Hart, adding that she remains committed to the college and will remain committed to each student, faculty, and staff member.

Hart also indicated that she is moving forward with important projects and programs, including gearing up for the upcoming meeting with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) in January.

"When I first arrived at the college, there were 11 ACCJC recommendations and concerns that were still unresolved, and we worked hard to reduce that by half in a relatively short amount of time. Our students, staff, and faculty continue to make important progress in meeting accreditation standards and eligibility requirements, and I look forward to reporting this progress to the Commission in January," Hart added.

Hart also indicated that the college is preparing for the Spring 2013 semester. In the Fall 2012 semester, the college saw its second highest FTE student enrollment ever.

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