The NMI Humanities Council board continues to look for a next new executive director in the wake of Scott Russell’s retirement this month.
Council board chair Polly DLG Masga noted in an interview last week that they are continuing their search. She added that there were about seven applicants for the position, which has been announced twice already.
“These are definitely hard shoes to fill,” said Masga, referring to Russell’s departure from the council. “…We hope that whoever is selected for the [council] has the same passion for the humanities.”
“We want somebody who isn’t just there for the job, but wants to be an intricate part of who we are as the Humanities Council,” she noted.
The council threw a retirement party for Russell last Friday.
Russell has been on Saipan for 44 years and has been associated with the council since its creation during the Trust Territory times.
Russell noted in a previous interview that he expects the new leader to have a fresh perspective of contemporary issues such as the upward trend in economic development, social issues on the island, and even the Chinese presence in the region.
“…I am looking forward to them tackling those issues and providing great humanities programs to the people of the Commonwealth,” he noted.
Russell said he plans to visit his brother in Ohio and his daughter in Oregon before ultimately returning to Saipan.