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Published May 08, 2013, 08:46 AM

Dalrymple says Shirvani 'off to a rocky start'

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he is confident that the state Board of Higher Education can resolve lingering questions about the leadership of North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple says he is confident that the state Board of Higher Education can resolve lingering questions about the leadership of North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.

Dalrymple isn't offering any recommendations. But he tells the Grand Forks Herald that "there's no question" Shirvani is "off to a rocky start" and "has not won the confidence of the people whose confidence he needs."

Shirvani says he was given a mandate when he was hired last year to overhaul the state's higher education system and fix problems including low graduation rates. But he has been criticized for his management style and accused of ignoring open meeting laws.

Several groups have passed votes of no confidence in Shirvani, but the Higher Education board says it stands behind him.

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