Partnering with WICHE since 2012
In 2012, the CNMI joined WICHE and became the first member of the US Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States membership. Guam joined in 2016. American Samoa, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to join WICHE under the same membership.
Vice President, Administration and Advancement, Northern Marianas College
Frankie Eliptico is Vice President, Administration and Advancement at Northern Marianas College (NMC). He has played an integral leadership role in NMC recovery efforts in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yutu. His work on NMC marketing and branding efforts has been recognized nationally, and he was named Communicator of the Year in the District VI (Western U.S.) region of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations. In addition to being a WICHE Commissioner, he has served as chair of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council and serves on the board of governors of the Asia Pacific Association for Fiduciary Studies.
Senator, Northern Marianas Commonwealth Legislature
Jude Hofschneider is a senator in the Northern Mariana Islands Commonwealth Legislature. In 2004, he was elected to the Tinian & Aguiguan Municipal Council. He also served for two years on the Association of Mariana Islands Mayors and Municipal Councilors. Hofschneider was elected to the senate in 2006 and has served in a variety of roles. From 2010 to 2013 he was the vice president of the Senate, and in January 2013, was elected President of the Senate. Hofschneider also served as lieutenant governor from 2013-2015 and was re-elected back in to the senate in 2014. He currently chairs the Fiscal Affairs and Rules and Procedure committees. Hofschneider has a degree from Northern Marianas College and has pursued continuing education online through the University of Phoenix.
Representative, Northern Marianas Commonwealth Legislature