ND Public College Students Vote “No Confidence” In University System Chancellor, Support Buyout

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North Dakota public university students have no confidence in state University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani and would like to see the State Board of Higher Education remove him from his post.

The North Dakota Student Association, representing more than 48,000 public university students, made it clear Saturday morning that Shirvani’s behavior and handling of the 11 public universities over the past seven months conflicts with the State Board of Higher Education's core values.

All eleven university student government associations met Saturday morning at Bismarck State College, with a vast majority of representatives approving a vote of “no confidence” in Shirvani. A landslide majority of them also support a proposed university system budget amendment that would have taxpayers buy out Shirvani’s contract for $800,000.

That amendment, floated by Sen. Tony Grindberg, R-Fargo, will likely be offered and voted on this week during a Senate floor discussion on Senate Bill 2003.

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