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NMC’s Reaction To Vote of No Confidence (December 17, 2012)

President Hart issued a letter to all college employees on Monday. According to President Hart, “The president is tasked to address a myriad of institutional challenges that can be both internal and external. Stakeholders are many””students, faculty, staff, administrators, board members, community leaders, governmental leaders, parents, the press””and the list can go on and on. And, often with a new president changes and accountability occur (and with these changes, some of those affected may feel the need to challenge the president’s authority). Yet, it is the president’s responsibility to listen to all stakeholders and to do so in an environment that provides a sense of fairness and equality.”

NMC has 160 full time employees, and over 50 part time employees. In addition, the College services approximately 1,300 full-time equivalent students and over 20,000 community members. The President has an open door philosophy and has welcomed and continues to welcome everyone to meet with her. Furthermore, Hart reminded the college community that a process is in place to take matters forward for review, consideration, or complaint.

The President further spoke about receiving notification late Friday afternoon from the Faculty Senate President that a vote had been issued. No details other than the outcome of the vote were provided in the emailed letter. According to Hart, “In devoting the College’s resources to meeting Accreditation Standards and reaffirming the Accreditation of NMC, as in many other institutions of higher education, we’ve identified and reported on the major institutional issues at NMC. The vote by the faculty tells me there is a problem or a number of problems that have come, or should have come, to my attention.”

Hart reported that she is still waiting to receive any formal communications from the Faculty Senate regarding the substantive issues. “It is unfortunate that I must distil this information from articles in the press without the courtesy of direct communication from faculty members. I have asked to meet as soon as possible with the leadership of the Senate in order to build communication, and that I may be informed on the issues.”

The President was saddened to see the comments in Monday’s Saipan Tribune. “The College wants to clarify points made in the press. NMC has a number of policies and procedures in place that serves as a check and balance system. We continue to operate in a manner that is professional, ethical, and in line with higher education practices.”

In conclusion, the President urges the College to come together during this time, to work together and to positively address each and every issue. “This is a stressful time, but working together for the betterment of the College and our students is key!”

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