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Published February 05, 2013, 10:32 AM

N.D. Lawmaker Proposes to Buy Out NDUS Chancellor’s Contract

A North Dakota lawmaker is proposing an amendment to buy out the contract of Hamid Shirvani, North Dakota University System chancellor, after a year of what he says has been questionable leadership and mistrust among the system’s university leaders.

By: TJ Jerke, Forum News Service

BISMARCK - A North Dakota lawmaker is proposing an amendment to buy out the contract of Hamid Shirvani, North Dakota University System chancellor, after a year of what he says has been questionable leadership and mistrust among the system’s university leaders.

Sen. Tony Grindberg, R-Fargo, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said Tuesday morning he will offer the amendment to Senate Bill 2003, the higher education funding bill, which is in the Appropriations Committee.

"In my opinion, Chancellor Shirvani's leadership style is in serious question and his methods of campus communication have created an environment of fear and retaliation,” Grindberg said. “In my 20 years of legislative service, I have never experienced such strong widespread opinions of questionable leadership and mistrust.”

Grindberg said funding would come from the state’s general fund to cover the expense he believes is about $600,000, though he is currently working with state officials to write the amendment.

"North Dakotans and our students deserve better," Grindberg said. "We must ensure that our higher education institutions are the best in the country, and that starts with respected leadership."

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