NMTI to name new interim CEO

Posted on Mar 09 2021


With all the board of trustees present, the Northern Marianas Technical Institute held its first board meeting at the NMTI campus in Lower Base yesterday, with NMTI chair Mario Valentino, fourth from right, leading the meeting. (JUSTINE NAUTA)

The Northern Marianas Technical Institute continues with its transition, with the board of trustees appointing a new interim chief executive officer by the end of this week.

As of March 8, it was learned that there is no current CEO for the technical school, but there have been three nominees for the position.

Board of trustee secretary Irene Holl nominated Jodina Attao at the first NMTI board of trustees meeting yesterday at the NMTI campus in Lower Base. Attao is currently with the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. Attao has a master’s degree in education from Framingham State University through the Northern Marianas College. A master’s degree is needed for the CEO position. Attao was not present at the meeting to accept the nomination, but board of trustee chair Mario Valentino put her nomination on record.

The other nominees are from board members Richard Kautz, who nominated former CEO Agnes McPhetres to continue. The third nominee is a woman from Guam whose name was not mentioned.

All board members agreed that the nominees should submit their résumé in 24 hours so that the trustees will have one day to review them. After that, the board of trustee members should have a final decision by this Friday.

It was learned at the board meeting that because NMTI currently doesn’t have a budget, they weren’t able to discuss employees and contracts. As for now, the board of trustees are focusing on appointing a new CEO and will discuss employees and contracts as soon as they get the budget for it.

Additionally, addressing a viral post that said NMTI is shutting down, it was clarified at the meeting that NMTI is not being shut down, but is being restructured into a “technical institute,” so the term “trades institute” is being retired.

Justine Nauta | Correspondent
Justine Nauta is Saipan Tribune's community and health reporter and has covered a wide range of news beats, including the Northern Marianas College and Commonwealth Health Care Corp. She's currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation and Human Services at NMC.

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