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Calendar iconUpdated September 16, 2022

Dr. Bobby Cruz, EdD is currently the Director of Instructional Technology & Distance Education for the Public School System in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), overseeing technology programs and initiatives that provide online learning opportunities for students and professionals. His office provides distance learning for 2,000 students annually from both public and private schools throughout the CNMI and supports 500 educators in advancing their credentials through online certification programs. Prior to his current role, he served for more than a decade in the Public School System as a teacher, curriculum manager, and school administrator. Dr. Cruz also serves on both the Strategic Performance and Data Governance Committees and frequently supports grant and policy writing.

Outside of his official role with the school system, Dr. Cruz is a passionate volunteer, extending his expertise in support of professional learning for youth and adults alike. He is regularly featured as a keynote speaker and has led various community projects such as the Marianas March Against Cancer, where he served on the steering committee for 6 years, 3 of which were as chairperson. Dr. Cruz is involved with non-profit organizations, such as the Saipan Chamber of Commerce and Marianas Young Professionals. He is also a coach and an athlete, having represented the CNMI in international competitions in both tennis and Va'a. Dr. Cruz is an advocate for marginalized groups and is ardent about the preservation of indigenous cultures, guided by the belief that if you want to see change come to pass, then you ought to participate in the process.

Dr. Cruz holds a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Guam, a Master's degree in International Education from Framingham State University, and a Doctorate Degree in Administrative Leadership for Teaching and Learning from Walden University.

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The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs applauds the Association of Pacific Islands Public Auditors (APIPA) on completing its 33rd annual conference, held virtually from August 29 to September 2, 2022. More than 500 government financial accountability officials attended...

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The Palau Economic Advisory Group (EAG), newly constituted to provide recommendations on how the United States can best contribute to the long-term economic stability and resilience of the island, convened its initial meeting Aug. 22-26, 2022. The goal of this first meeting was to learn about the...

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Palau Economic Brief Documents (2022)

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The 2022 Palau Economic Brief and Presentation is produced annually to present an independent assessment of the Republic of Palau’s economic performance and policy environment, as well as independently verified economic statistics

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Carmen G. Cantor, Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs, gives a warm welcome APIPA 2022 Conference participants.

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