P. O. Box 159
Kolonia, Pohnpei 96941
Federated States of Micronesia
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President's Message to the Community

February 22, 2016

COM-FSM Mission Statement:

The College of Micronesia-FSM is a learner-centered institution of higher education that is committed to the success of the Federated States of Micronesia by providing academic, career and technical education programs characterized by continuous improvement and best practices.

Dear Colleagues and Fellow Members of the COM-FSM Community,

Mike Rota, the former Chair of the ACCJC Commission and President of Friends COM-FSM, visited Kosrae Campus on February 1-2, 2016, Pohnpei and National Campus on February 3-5, 2016, Yap Campus on February 8-10, 2016, and Chuuk Campus on February 10-13, 2016, to meet with the Board of Regents, Standards writing teams, Executive Committee, the Executive Directors for the Center for Entrepreneurship & Institutional Advancement and External affairs, faculty, and staff to conduct a mock accreditation visit. The mock accreditation visit will assist in the preparation for the ACCJC team visit on March 14-17, 2016.

I had the pleasure to accompany Mr. Rota during his visits to Pohnpei, Yap and Chuuk state campuses as well as FSM-FMI. 

On January 29, 2016, the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship, Mason Wiley, and myself met with USDA representative Gary Bloom to discuss some of the center's planned projects and how they might fit into the USDA's numerous grant and loan programs. The center is currently working with COM-FSM's Agriculture Department to support the establishment of a community slaughterhouse for local pork products and hopes to host a grant-writing workshop for students and faculty. The meeting provided the center and the President's Office insight into USDA's grant process and potential funding opportunities.

Announcement from Vice Presidents:

Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services: The college will administer the COM-FSM Entrance Test throughout the month of February to high schools in Kosrae State, Chuuk State, Pohnpei State, and Yap State. Here is the COMET Schedule.

Vice President for Instructional Affairs: The college is excited to announce the launch of the Doctors and Dentists for Tomorrow program. Doctors and Dentists for Tomorrow is a collaborative effort between COM-FSM and the Pacific Island Health Officers’ Association to prepare the best and brightest students from across the F.S.M. to become the physicians and dentists of tomorrow. To further read on the program, continue reading the “Doctors and Dentists for Tomorrow”.

The respective campus deans conducted their mini governance summits on January 16, 2016 (Chuuk Campus), on January 22, 2016 (Yap Campus), and on February 4-5, 2016 (Kosrae Campus).

Konan College Study Tour - Eight students and 1 Chaperone from Konan College are visiting COM-FSM February 21 - March 1, 2016. Konan College students and Micro/Japan Club students will visit classes, a local pre-school, local markets and tour Pohnpei island.

Workshop: February 17, 2016, the National Campus’ Counselor Office conducted a “Transfer Workshop” for students at MITC from 1-2PM.

Forum Lecture: February 19, 2016, Fr. Peter Walpole, S.J. presented at MITC from 1-2PM. Fr. Walpole is the Director of the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change, Manila, Philippines. His presentation focused on “Planet’s Boundaries, Disaster Risk Reduction & The Need to Care for Our Home.”

On February 22, 2016, the Chinese Embassy presented on “China Development & the Bilateral Relationship between China and F.S.M, and the Full Ride Scholarship to Study in China” at 12:30PM-2PM in the New Zealand Room, 2nd Floor of the Learning Resource Center.

FSM Association of Chief State School Officers Annual Meeting (FACSSO): The college hosted the annual FACSSO meeting on February 19, 2016, at the practice gym located in the FSM-China Friendship Sports Center. 

All Campus Meeting: On February 24, 2016, there will be an All Campus Meeting held at MITC from 1-2PM.


I convey my appreciation to you for all your work, effort and dedication to the students we serve. Each of us plays an important role in the successful implementation of the mission of COM-FSM.

It is a privilege for me to serve you as president.


Warm regards,

Joseph M. Daisy, EdD

President and CEO