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North Dakota Senate reconsiders chancellor buyout

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UPDATE 2/27

North Dakota's Senate has reconsidered and endorsed a proposal to buy out the contract of University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.

The Senate voted 28-19 Tuesday to provide about $854,000 to buy out the final two years of Shrivani's three-year contract.

Fargo Sen. Tony Grindberg's amendment only provides funds for the buyout and does not force the Board of Higher Education to fire Shirvani.

The North Dakota Student Association expressed a vote of "no confidence" in Shirvani on Saturday. The Board of Higher Education issued a statement a day later, expressing support for Shirvani.

Shirvani has been in charge of the university system since last July. His contract runs through June 2015. He is paid $349,000 annually.

UPDATE 2/26

North Dakota's Senate has rejected a proposal to buy out the contract of University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani, who has been on the job for less than a year.

Republican Sen. Tony Grindberg of Fargo offered a floor amendment Tuesday to the higher education funding bill to buy out the final two years of Shirvani's three-year contract, at a cost of about $834,000.

Grindberg has questioned Shirvani's leadership style.

Shirvani has been in charge of the university system since last July. His contract runs through June 2015. He is paid $349,000 annually.

ORIGINAL STORY
 
Just one day after the North Dakota Student Association presents a vote of "no confidence" in the North Dakota's University System's chancellor Hamid Shirvani, another student group has done the same.
 
The NDSU Student Senate unanimously passed a resolution containing a vote of "no confidence" in Shirvani, and expressed support for a proposed amendment by Senator Tony Grindberg that would buy out the remainder of Shirvani's contract. They say by taking this action, they are sending a clear message to the legislature and the Board of Higher Education that students want different leadership.
 
In a statement released Sunday by the student Senate they say, "By taking this action, our Student Government is sending a clear message to members of the legislature and of the State Board of Higher Education that we feel new leadership is needed for the students of NDSU, and across the state. Having a culture of open communication and unity is absolutely vital for any organization to be successful. The university system affects more than 48,000 students, as well as many more faculty, staff and administrators. Having a leader that understands the importance of openness and feedback is necessary if we want to move forward as one collective system."

Officials from the state Board of Higher Education came out today saying they are disappointed with recent resolutions from the North Dakota Student Association.

They also expressed their support for Chancellor Shirvani. In a statement released today by the president, vice president and the immediate past president of the Board of Higher Ed, they say quote:

   "The Board hired Chancellor Shirvani to assist the board in implementing reforms to the university system with the intent of elevating the quality of the overall system while focusing on greater accountability and efficiencies. Chancellor Shirvani has worked tirelessly to engage all of our constituencies with a passion that has been absent for some time."

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