CNMI college president faces no confidence vote
Updated at 8:09 pm on 17 December 2012
Faculty members at the Northern Marianas College have reportedly lost trust and confidence in the leadership of president Sharon Hart after 19 of 23 members gave her a vote of no confidence last Friday.
The vote is for alleged financial mismanagement after the faculty found Ms Hart spent 200 thousand US dollars on off-island travel last year using students' tuition fees.
She is also criticized for violating the college procurement regulations in authorising the purchase of 10 second-hand computers without proper bidding.
The president has also been accused of unethical actions over the hiring of her husband, Steven West, as a short-term consultant for the college's new foundation.
He was paid about 14 thousand dollars for a five-week project.
The faculty members also say that Ms Hart continues to ignore the recommendations of the accreditation report that a chief financial officer be hired.
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