NMTI’s new board holds first meeting

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THE new members of the Northern Marianas Technical Institute board of trustees held their first meeting on Thursday at the NMTI building in Lower Base to elect their officers.

Mario Valentin was elected chairman; Ray Pangelinan of Tinian, vice chairman; Irene Holl, secretary; and Carmelita Faisao, treasurer.

The other members are Derron Mendiola, representing Rota, Catherine Attao, and Rick Kautz.

Valentino will serve two years on the board; Pangelinan, four years; Holl, two years; Faisao, four years; Kautz, three years; Mendiola, four years; and Attao, three years.

In an interview, Valentino said the board will focus on moving forward and being mindful of the budget cuts.

The Northern Marianas Technical Institute board members. From left, Ray Pangelinan, Irene Holl, Catherine Attao, Carmelita Faisao, Chairperson Mario Valentino, Rick Kautz, and Derron Mendiola.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

“The board is rallying around the NMTI’s goal of producing local talent and local workers,” he added.

Mendiola and Attao, whose nominations were confirmed by the Senate, signed a board resolution to transform NMTI from a non-profit corporation to a public non-profit corporation.

The other trustees signed the resolution in January.

In an earlier interview, NMTI director of administration Frank Rabauliman said the resolution will allow the attorney general to issue a legal opinion stating that NMTI is now a government entity.

This information will then be provided to U.S. Economic Development Administration.

The NMTI is applying for a $10 million grant from EDA for the construction of a new campus in Koblerville.

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