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Trump to appoint 2 new members to oversight board

By The Star Staff

President Donald Trump announced his intention Tuesday to appoint two new members to Puerto Rico’s Financial Oversight and Management Board and to keep a third member on the entity charged with supervising the island’s fiscal recovery.

According to information that was confirmed by the oversight board itself, the designated members are John E. Nixon, from Utah, and Dr. Betty A. Rosa, from New York. Andrew George Biggs, who currently serves on the board, was reappointed. Trump appointed Justin Peterson to the oversight board in October.

Nixon is a certified public accountant who was the director of the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. According to his LinkedIn webpage, he served as Michigan’s budget director from 2011 to 2014, reporting directly to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, and he presently serves as senior vice president and senior account executive at IT service management company CNSI, focusing on corporate strategy, government relations and client management.

Rosa is the interim commissioner of education and president of the University of the State of New York. She has also received the Education Leadership Award from the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.

According to the New York State Education Department website, she is a nationally recognized leader in education and received education doctorate and master’s degrees in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University.

The oversight board is chaired by David Skeel, who was appointed chairman last October following the resignation of the entity’s first chairman, José Carrión III. It was not immediately clear whether the new members are replacing current ones or will be taking empty seats. There are currently four members on the seven-member board.

Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González Colón welcomed Trump’s announcement regarding appointments to the oversight board.

“These appointments provide for continuity and institutional memory with the reappointment of Mr. Biggs, and incorporate new members whom I hope we can count on to bring a new perspective that allows us to advance toward a greater focus on the social and economic recovery of Puerto Rico,” González Colón said. “Dr. Rosa’s experience in educational planning is a valuable resource that should help bring attention to this component, which is so critical in the long-term development of any society, while Nixon’s experience in drawing up budgets in state governments should help [the board] to note the importance of allowing the government of Puerto Rico flexibility in the way in which the goals of restoring fiscal stability are met.”

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