In support of Northern Marianas College’s commitment to the health and safety of its campus community, the College has announced that beginning in the Fall 2021 semester, the COVID-19 vaccination would be part of the health clearance requirements for students who are enrolled in face-to-face or in-person classes.

The vaccination requirement allows NMC to offer a fuller range of in-person campus experiences in the fall, including co-curricular activities and events. Additionally, vaccination remains the most effective way to protect those who are not able to receive vaccination (children under age 12 and those who are medically exempted) and to bring the COVID-19 pandemic to an end. Further, the vaccine requirement furthers the CNMI’s goal of reaching herd immunity against the COVID-19 virus.

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College Council



The College Council is the recognized shared governance structure for the College that serves as the primary advisory body to the President on issues related to the ongoing operations of the College. The College Council's membership is representative of all constituencies of the College.

Further, the College Council in keeping with the Board Policy for shared governance shall:

  • ensure that the different constituencies of the College Community participate in the development of revised and/or new policies for review and action by the Board.
  • ensure that the different constituencies of the College Community participate in the development of administrative procedures for the President's action.

And in keeping with the direction of the President for shared governance, the College Council shall:

  • ensure that appropriate members of the College community participate in the development of annual budgets, annual strategic plans, new programs and services, and major facilities planning prior to adoption by college officials.
  • ensure that all members of the college community have access to information regarding ongoing developments and issues and that there is an open forum for full participation in decision-making of areas defined under the Board and CNMI policy, as well as administratively and mutually agreed shared governance matters.

Responsibility. Through the member's own individual contributions and by representing their constituencies, the College Council shall serve to advise the President on matters relative but not limited to:

  • Policy and administrative procedures formulation and revision
  • Problem identification, analysis and resolution
  • Process review
  • Information collection and distribution
  • Institutional planning and assessment
  • Management and allocation of resources
  • Budgeting and allocation of resources
  • Academic programs: new, closure, and inactive status
  • Accreditation and Self-Study
  • Physical and technological resources

The College Council is the umbrella organization for all other bodies of the College and also serves as the coordinating body for receiving and sharing information from and among the constituencies and the President.

The College Council may also review matters brought to the agenda by the President or any other council, committee, working group, or task force.


College Council Members

  • Polly Masga - Chair of College of Council, Administrator Representative
  • Ryan Calvo - Vice-Chair of College Council, Staff Senate Representative
  • Dr. Mary Tabarsi Tsang (effective January 2021) - College Council Secretary, Faculty Senate Representative
  • Patty Coleman - Administrator Representative
  • Geraldine Rodgers - President, Staff Senate
  • Malyssa Castro - Staff Senate Representative
  • Dr. Laura Taylor - President, Faculty Senate
  • Dr. Yunzi Zhang - Faculty Senate Representative
  • Maia Pangelinan - President, ASNMC
  • Victoria Matsunaga - Student Representative, ASNMC