New Chancellor Wants Unified Voice For Higher Ed

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The new leader of North Dakota’s University System wants to become the voice of higher education in the state.

Hamid “Ham” Shirvani, who officially begins July 1, attended the State Board of Higher Education’s two-day retreat this week, where leaders discussed how they want to move forward as they transition to a new chancellor.

The board has been under fire from legislators and others who have challenged the board’s handling of the Fighting Sioux nickname, projects involving presidents’ houses at UND and NDSU, and recently the awarding of dubious degrees at Dickinson State University.

But Shirvani said North Dakota has a great University System with a number of accomplishments.

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