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Published June 02, 2013, 10:39 AM

Lawyer questions closed meeting on North Dakota chancellor

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A lawyer for news organizations says the North Dakota Board of Higher Education would violate open meetings laws if it meets behind closed doors to discuss whether to renegotiate or end the contract of embattled University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A lawyer for news organizations says the North Dakota Board of Higher Education would violate open meetings laws if it meets behind closed doors to discuss whether to renegotiate or end the contract of embattled University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.

The board was meeting Sunday and Monday in Medora for its annual retreat. The panel plans to hold a closed session Monday to discuss Shirvani, who has come under fire for what his critics describe as a heavy-handed leadership style.

Jack McDonald, a lawyer for the North Dakota Newspaper Association, tells Forum Communications (http://bit.ly/ZE1aEh ) that the decision whether to hire or fire someone has to be made in a public meeting.

University System spokeswoman Linda Donlin says the closed meeting is legal because the board will be discussing negotiating strategy.

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Information from: The Forum, http://www.in-forum.com

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