Floyd Masga of the Community Development Institute of the Northern Marianas College was recently elected as this year’s Staff Senate president.
The Staff Senate serves as the official representative body of the college’s administrative and support staff. Primarily focused on addressing general staff issues and in making corresponding recommendations to the NMC president, the Senate is an important part of the college’s participative governance structure. Part of the Staff Senate’s responsibilities includes assisting in determining the need for, initiating and developing, and reviewing policies that affect the staff.
The Staff Senate has nine members: four members are elected at-large by the staff assembly, and the staff of each of the college’s major divisions: Academic Programs and Services, Student Services, Administration and Resource Development, Finance and Administrative Services, and the President’s Office.
Besides Masga, eight others were also elected to Staff Senate posts: Kathy Palacios as vice president; Novelyn Tenorio as secretary/treasurer; Daisie Camacho representing the president’s division; Irene Tudela for student services; Lisa Hacskaylo, Nadia Camacho, and Timberly Ngewakl as at-large representatives; and Shirley Blas representing academic programs and services.
According to Masga, the college’s accreditation remains the Staff Senate’s top priority. NMC is still addressing its show-cause status and a final report is due on Oct. 15.
“One of the priorities that we are focused on is the reaffirmation of the college’s accreditation. We want to ensure that we are doing everything we can to prepare for the upcoming accreditation visit next month,” said Masga.
Masga succeeded Marie Coleman, who resigned from the college early this year. Like the Faculty Senate president and the president of the Associated Students of NMC, Masga will sit on the college’s management team.
NMC president Dr. Sharon Y. Hart welcomed the new set of Staff Senate officers. “Congratulations to Floyd and the others on their election to the Staff Senate. The new senators all possess extensive experience and are all very much committed to NMC’s mission. I look forward to working with all of them,” she said.