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Published June 04, 2013, 05:54 PM

Shirvani calls critics racist, says he "never should have moved to North Dakota"

Just one day after accepting a contract buyout, Hamid Shirvani calls his critics racist and says he wishes he never moved to North Dakota. The University System Chancellor says he should've left in March but that that was his second mistake. He says his first mistake was taking the job in the first place.

Just one day after accepting a contract buyout, Hamid Shirvani calls his critics racist and says he wishes he never moved to North Dakota. The University System Chancellor says he should've left in March but that that was his second mistake. He says his first mistake was taking the job in the first place.

Shirvani says he came to North Dakota one year ago to build a "real" University System. He says the state never had a bad system, but he wanted to improve it. During the past few months Shirvani says he's received a lot of unprofessional attacks.

Shirvani says he was three or four years away from making a model of higher education in the state. He says he's proud of his accomplishments the past year, but says he should've left earlier in the year, when all the tension started to rise. Just one day after accepting a contract buyout, Hamid Shirvani calls his critics racist and says he wishes he never moved to North Dakota.

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

Duaine Espegard, Higher Ed Board President: "He's not from North Dakota, but I didn't see any of that at the board level. He may have seen it some other places, but I don't think he saw it at the board level."

Shirvani says he was warned that there could be tension when he took the job. He says he has no immediate plans for the future, but says he just needs some peace.

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