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Published February 24, 2013, 09:38 AM

North Dakota public college students want chancellor out

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — 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.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — 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 Jamestown Sun reports (http://bit.ly/Wc9rh9) that the association, which represents more than 48,000 public university students, approved a vote of "no confidence" in Shirvani. They also supported a proposed university system budget amendment that would have taxpayers buy out Shirvan's contract for $800,000.

The "no confidence" resolution says a "hierarchical, top-down culture for communication and authority ... have created a culture of "mistrust and disconnect."

Shirvani did not respond to an email seeking comment.

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