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Published July 16, 2012, 09:51 AM

New North Dakota chancellor says staff expansion needed

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The new chancellor of North Dakota's university system says he needs to double his office staff to provide oversight for the state's public colleges.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The new chancellor of North Dakota's university system says he needs to double his office staff to provide oversight for the state's public colleges.

Ham Shirvani says the system's central office staff now has 26 employees. The Board of Higher Education supports his effort to add 30 new workers.

Shirvani says they would include attorneys, finance and personnel specialists and people to make sure university system policies are being followed.

Shirvani says the lack of central oversight has caused problems with inconsistent policies among North Dakota campuses.

He says Dickinson State's recent problems with a special academic program for Chinese students could have been avoided with better supervision.

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