Higher ed board buys out Shirvani's contract as University System chancellorMEDORA, N.D. - North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani will no longer serve in his post following a unanimous vote today by the State Board of Higher Education.
By: TJ Jerke, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service
MEDORA, N.D. - North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani will no longer serve in his post following a unanimous vote today by the State Board of Higher Education.
Shirvani gave the board a proposal to either allow him to continue his three-year contract with the board’s full support or buy out his contract.
The decision was made after an hourlong executive session this morning on the board’s second and final day of its retreat here.
The closed meeting included consultation from an attorney in Minneapolis over how the board should proceed to negotiate Shirvani's proposal.
Following the vote, Shirvani said, “I’m fine.”
“I was given a job and did what I was hired to do,” he said. “I’m sorry there was not enough support to allow me to continue.”
In a news release after the vote, board President Duaine Espegard said the board solidly supports the changes the chancellor advanced, including becoming a true University System, the Pathways to Student Success plan and the updated policies that incorporate best practices of systems across the country.
“However, Chancellor Shirvani felt that he had accomplished as much as he could, and asked us to release him so that he could move on," Espegard said. "We would like to thank Ham for all he has done to move our system to the next level, and we wish him and his family the best."
Shirvani, hired by the board last July, had faced some strong opposition, including from students who voted no confidence in his leadership and lawmakers who wanted him removed from his post. Some lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to give the state board more than $800,000 to buy out the remainder of his contract.