Instructional employees of the Northern Marianas College selected a new leader this week.
Amanda Angel Diaz, who was named Monday as the institution's faculty senate president, will give voice to instructional employees in her capacity as an honorary member of the Board of Regents.
She attended her first meeting with the board on Wednesday.
Diaz used to serve as the NMC faculty senate secretary.
Diaz is a member of the college's School of Education for three years now. Prior to joining NMC, she was a classroom teacher for public schools for more than three years. She holds a master's degree in education from the Framingham State University and obtained her bachelor's degree from NMC. She is an alumna of Marianas High School.
Diaz succeeds Roy Greenland as faculty senate president. The other new officers are vice president Cyndi Deleon Guerrero and secretary Jim Kline. The faculty senate has nine members.
The faculty senate is the official representative body and legislative body of the Faculty Assembly of NMC. It acts on behalf of the faculty, and it is accountable to the Faculty Assembly for its actions. In participating in the governance process of NMC, the faculty senate has voting representation on the College Council, and the faculty senate president serves as a nonvoting honorary member of the Board of Regents.
During Wednesday's board meeting, Diaz said she is working with her team in establishing the council's goals and priorities for the year.
She said NMC has over 30 faculty members, excluding adjunct members or part-time instructors.
She refused to comment on the shortage of instructors at the college, besides saying that they will look into several issues concerning faculty members.