Senate approves CNMI Scholarship, CUC board members


The Senate unanimously approved the appointment of an Office of the CNMI Scholarship board member and a Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board member last week.

Tianna Hofschneider and Ignacio Perez were appointed to the Scholarship board and reappointed to the CUC board, respectively, by a unanimous vote to approve Gov. Ralph DLG Torres’ appointments.

Hofschneider, a teacher from Tinian, said it was her first time to be appointed to the board. “I am looking forward to work with the Scholarship board,” Hofschneider said in an interview. She added that she is looking to focus on existing programs of the board as well as future programs to “ensure our students seek higher education.”

Hofschneider is currently the junior high teacher at the Tinian Jr. Sr. High School.

“There are future programs that I have been informed of by scholarship board chairwoman Rose Pangelinan. I just want to work alongside them to ensure that these programs are offered to current students as well as future students,” said Hofschneider.

Torres appointed Hofschneider in Jan. 10, 2018.

Sen. Jude Hofschneider (R-Tinian) went on the record during the session to express his support to the nominee. He added that during the public hearing by the Senate Committee on Executive Appointments and Governmental Investigations, chaired by Sen. Francisco Cruze (R-Tinian), Tianna Hofschneider was able to prove herself capable and effective.

“I believe she is more than ready to further extend her services to other sectors of public service—in this case, the scholarship board,” he said.

“I thank her for allowing herself the additional responsibility,” he added, taking note that she is also a teacher on Tinian.

Sen. Teresita Santos (R-Saipan) referred to Tianna Hofschneider as a “dedicated and committed woman of the Commonwealth. ” She added that even though she was unable to attend the public hearing for Tianna Hofscheider, she had full confidence on her capabilities solely based on her resume and other pertinent documents.

“…I have full trust and confidence that Ms. Hofschneider can serve the Commonwealth well if she is confirmed to the Scholarship board,” she said.

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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