The Northern Marianas College has created a new position that will mostly oversee the administrative offices, including the college’s finance and budget offices.
NMC confirmed yesterday the appointment of David J. Attao as dean of administration. His chief responsibilities include overseeing various offices at the college including the finance office, the budget office, auxiliary services such as the NMC Bookstore, the information technology office, the procurement and property management office, and the facilities and maintenance office.
Attao’s appointment brings to four the number of dean positions at NMC: Student Services, Academic Programs and Services, Administration, Community Programs and Services.
Attao expressed gratitude for his appointment. “I am grateful to have the opportunity to work as the dean of administration and be in a key position to contribute to the growth of the college. I will use my extensive experience in strategic planning and leadership to continue to expand educational opportunities in the CNMI.”
Prior to his new appointment, Attao served as acting dean of Community Programs and Services. He was also in charge of NMC Tinian and Rota, where several CREES and federally funded student service programs are ongoing.
He was also the director of the Community Development Institute and site director of the Pacific Basin University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. He occupied these positions for about eight years.
According to NMC president Sharon Y. Hart, Attao has demonstrated remarkable leadership for the college.
“Dave has demonstrated remarkable leadership in managing major areas of the college, and we are appreciative of his willingness to step into this very important, challenging, and yet very rewarding position,” said Hart in a statement.
Attao also serves on numerous community boards, councils, organizations, and sports teams. He holds a master’s degree in education from Framingham State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.