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Published June 04, 2013, 09:24 PM

University Chancellor Ham Shirvani says it's been a year of "hell"

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- It's been a year of "hell." That tonight, from the University Chancellor Ham Shirvani.

By: Dana Mogck, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- It's been a year of "hell." That tonight, from the University Chancellor Ham Shirvani.

Shirvani gave the Board of Higher Education an ultimatum: Give me a new 3-year contract, with full support as CEO, or buy me out.

Shirvani is now on his way out, with a more than 800-thosuand dollar buyout.

Hamid Shirvani- N.D. University System Chancellor: "It's been hell."

He's been on the job a year. But it's been marked with controversy, over changes he wanted to make to the university system.

Shirvani: "I don't mind criticism or being challenged or push backs but I do have a problem with a lot of unprofessional kind of attacks on me and my family."

Some of those attacks, Shirvania says, went too far.

Shirvani: "I've gotten notes, I've gotten comments and emails, blatent emails with racial slurs and profanity that I should leave and that I don't belong here."

Shirvani's goal was to build a model university system. He says there's nothing wrong with the current system. But it can be a lot better.

Shirvani: "We can't just be this illusion that we are wonderful, because if you're wonderful why are graduation rates so low, why are admission standards almost open admission, there's no standard."

Shirvani says the past 5-months have worn on him. And he's ready to move on.

Shirvani: "I should've by first of March I should have said I'm out of here, and retrospectively that was my second biggest mistake, the first one was I should've never taken this job."

Shirvani will remain on the job until July 15. After that, he says he has no plans. He just wants peace.

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