Former PSS chief appointed NMC interim VP

NORTHERN Marianas College President Carmen Fernandez announced the appointments of two interim vice presidents.

Former Education Commissioner Cynthia Deleon Guerrero is now the interim vice president for learning and student success while Frankie M. Eliptico is the interim vice president for administration and advancement.

The appointments were made following the approval of NMC’s new organizational structure by the board of regents during its Feb. 23 meeting.

Fernandez said the new structure streamlines the organization of the college and places strategic responsibilities under the supervision of the two interim vice presidents. “They have been empowered to carry out the vision and priorities of NMC,” she added.

In her new capacity as interim vice president, Deleon Guerrero will oversee all academic programs: Languages and Humanities, School of Education, Social Sciences and Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Distance Learning Assessment, Natural Resources Management, Adult Basic Education, Nursing, Science, Math, Health, Athletics, Business Department, and Criminal Justice.

She will also oversee student service offices, including student activities and leadership, student grievances/complaints, enrollment services, library programs and services and learning support services.

Part of Deleon Guerrero’s functions is to supervise the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, the Project Proa program, and the Office of the Institutional Effectiveness.

A longtime educator, Deleon Guerrero previously worked in different leadership positions at NMC, including as dean of academic programs and services, director of the School of Education, and director of the Office of Admissions and Records.

In a statement to Variety, Deleon Guerrero said: “I am very happy to be back at NMC and working with a dynamic and dedicated group of educators. It’s really just ‘coming back home’ and I am excited to serve in this capacity.”

Fernandez said she has total faith and confidence in Deleon Guerrero.

“I have worked with her in my first presidency. I promoted her twice in the three years that I was president. Cyndi’s highest level of position was dean of academics. She was reporting directly to me. Then she moved on the states and came back again. She is truly outstanding and her work is exceptional and she is a strong leader; that is what I need for students first,” Fernandez said in an interview.

Frankie Eliptico, who has been with NMC for 10 years now, will oversee the college’s Financial Development Institute, Marketing and Communications, Human Resources, and the Facilities Management Division.

In 2007, Fernandez hired Eliptico to be the college’s marketing manager. He was later promoted to be the director of the Office of Institutional Advancement and the executive director of the NMC Foundation.

“I have always valued being a part of the team here at NMC in helping students here in the CNMI build better lives through education. In this new position, I am glad I will be able to do that on a more comprehensive level. It is always been about helping our people here in the CNMI obtain their educational goals, secure meaningful careers as well as improve their overall life through education,” Eliptico said.

“It has been so wonderful to be a part of a team that contributes to that goal. Our graduates include attorneys, judges, business leaders, social workers, teachers, principals. It is very fulfilling to see that our graduates are making an impact on our local community as well as in other communities,” he added.

He said his new position will allow him to help build NMC as a premiere educational institution not just in Micronesia, but also in the Pacific region.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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