Northern Marianas College President Finds Ally in Mist of Criticism

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CNMI – Faced by a barrage of faculty criticisms, Northern Marianas College president Sharon Y. Hart has found an ally in the chairman of the NMC Foundation board.

NMC Foundation chair Dr. Alan Markoff, who also serves as the chairman of the newly created foundation for the college, said yesterday that Hart was not involved in the contract executed by the new foundation with her husband, Steven West.

“First and foremost, this is a contract entered into between the NMC College Foundation and Mr. West. The NMC Foundation is controlled by its own board of directors. Dr. Hart is a non-voting member of this board,” said Markoff.

He disclosed that the foundation’s board retained West to provide consultative services in relation to fundraising and strategies for the development of a new foundation.

Among the allegations raised by the Faculty Senate against Hart was the hiring of her husband as the foundation’s consultant.

Markoff said yesterday that West is known throughout the fundraising industry. As a prior chairman of the Board of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, a 5,000-(international) member organization, he is a leader in the fundraising arena and is known worldwide.