Today is the last day of Glenn Muña as the CNMI’s education commissioner.
In an interview with CNMI State Board of Education chair Janice Tenorio yesterday, she thanked Muña on behalf of the board for his service as education commissioner.
“Commissioner Muña has been a member of PSS for over 20 years…and he has been an important asset to PSS and the BOE would like to thank him for his service and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Tenorio told Saipan Tribune.
Tenorio said the BOE has not selected anyone yet for the position since the job vacancy announcement has just closed, and PSS Human Resource Department is still processing the applications it received. It was not immediately known how many individuals applied for the position but Tenorio said the discussion for the next education commissioner has been ongoing since Muña resigned last Sept. 12.
She said the usual procedure for appointing a deputy commissioner is to choose between associate commissioner for instructional services Jackie Quitugua or interim associate commissioner for administrative services Charley Kenty. Both have served as acting education commissioner in the past during Muña’s absence.
When Muña turned in his letter of resignation last Sept. 12, he told the BOE that it will be effective after 60 days, which is today, Nov. 12, 2019. Muña cited personal reasons for his resignation and thanked the board for trusting him.
Muña was the system’s associate commissioner for administrative services under former education commissioner Cynthia Deleon Guerrero and took over the top post after Deleon Guerrero was released in 2017. After Deleon Guerrero’s tenure in 2017, the BOE first appointed Yvonne Pangelinan, the PSS associate commissioner for Student and Support Services, as PSS commissioner, before ultimately appointing Muña as interim commissioner in 2017.
At 41, Muña is the youngest education commissioner. He served as the former principal of Oleai Elementary School, and was appointed as associate commissioner for administrative services in 2012.
Muña’s resignation came just days after then-PSS Finance and Budget director Christopher Ching also left PSS.