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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • ND public college students want chancellor Shirvani out

  • Caitlin Dogemuller, spokeswoman for the North Dakota Student Government Association and a student at North Dakota State University, said the vote reflected student perception that Shirvani's time in office has not reflected university system values.
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  • North Dakota public university students say they do not support state University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani and would like to see the State Board of Higher Education remove him from his post.
    That was the decision that came from a meeting of the North Dakota Student Association on Saturday at Bismarck State College. The association, which represents more than 48,000 public university students, approved a vote of "no confidence" in Shirvani, who has served in the position for seven months. They also supported a proposed university system budget amendment that would have taxpayers buy out Shirvani's contract for $800,000, according to a Sunday story in The Jamestown Sun. a
    The "no confidence" resolution says a "hierarchical, top-down culture for communication and authority ... have created a culture of mistrust and disconnect."
    Caitlin Dogemuller, spokeswoman for the North Dakota Student Government Association and a student at North Dakota State University, said the vote reflected student perception that Shirvani's time in office has not reflected university system values.
    Sydney Hull, the student member on the State Board of Higher Education and a student at NDSU, told The Minot Daily News that he has a good working relationship with Shirvani but must oppose him because that's what his constituents want.
    "What we hope to accomplish is removal of the chancellor," Hull said.
    Shirvani did not respond to an email seeking comment.

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