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Agnes McPhetres to retire as soon as NMTI functions as government entity

AGNES M. McPhetres on Tuesday said she will retire as chief executive officer of the Northern Marianas Technical Institute as soon as it becomes fully functional as a government entity.

In May 2014, she became CEO of the Northern Marianas Trades Institute which was founded by the late businessman Tony Pellegrino in 2008 as a private non-profit school.

Agnes Ada Manglona McPhetres

On Feb. 18, 2019, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres signed Public Law 20-92 which established the NMTI as a government entity and renamed it Northern Marianas Technical Institute.

“NMTI will provide career trades and technical training in occupations not available at [Northern Marianas College], and advanced career, trades and technical training for the program provided at [the Public School System],” the governor said in signing P.L. 20-92.

McPhetres said as a government entity, NMTI will have a board of trustees composed of seven members, including one member each from Rota and Tinian, one of Carolinian descent, and at least one woman.

All board members have to be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

“They will organize themselves, work together with the old board, and come up with a transition plan. When it is complete, that will be my time to go,” McPhetres said in an interview.

“I’ve been retired and I want to continue being retired,” she said, adding, “but I will be around to help them.”

McPhetres was president of Northern Marianas College from 1983 to 1999, and educator and education official of the Trust Territory government.