Geovanny Sarmiento of Bentonville resigned his position on the board of trustees for NorthWest Arkansas Community College last month as he is relocating outside the area.
He told the board in his resignation letter that in his tenure he felt honored to learn and contribute to efforts that benefit local students and the community.
Board chairman Ric Clifford said Sarmiento’s contributions were key at a time when the college sought to expand offerings and outreach to a diverse student population.
Sarmiento has served on the NWACC Board since January 2013 when he was appointed by then-Gov. Mike Beebe. His term was scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2016. He represents District 5, which includes a portion of central and northeast Bentonville.
“I want to express my appreciation to Geovanny for his commitment of time and sincere interest as a member of the NWACC Board of Trustees,” said Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson, president of NWACC. “Our students have benefitted greatly from his involvement.”
NWACC’s trustees are elected by voters in the college’s taxing district made up of the Rogers and Bentonville school districts. When a resignation occurs, the information about a vacancy is submitted to the Arkansas governor’s office, and the governor appoints an individual to serve until the next election.
Earlier this year, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed Keven Anderson to fill an unexpired term on the NWACC Board of Trustees. The board awaits Hutchinson’s next appointment.