New NMC CREES dean arrives


The Northern Marianas College’s a new dean for their Cooperative Research, Extension and Education Service program arrived at the college this week.
Tim Kock, Ph.D., previously University of Maryland assistant director of international programs in agriculture and natural resources, is the new dean.

The position had been filled in the interim by Patricia Coleman, after long-time dean Ross Manglona was sent packing in July last year. Manglona’s contract expired in August 2014.

According to Kock’s LinkedIn account, before UOM, he had served under several titles under the Louis Berger Group from 2010 to 2012 in Iraq. The last title he held for the group was senior agricultural extension specialist.

Other countries he has worked in include Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, and Kenya, according to LinkedIn.

Kock will lead a program that works with community and business stakeholders in such areas as agriculture, aquaculture, food processing, and research, among others.

Dennis B. Chan | Reporter
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