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North Dakota Higher Education board members aren't saying much, if anything, regarding Tuesday's Attorney General ruling that the board broke open meeting laws.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said that a conversation behind closed doors about a vote that would decide then Chancellor Ham Shirvani's fate should've been public.

That was the elephant in the room among the discussion to determine the presidents' salaries as well as the salaries for university system senior staff and university system audit staff.

There was a lot of debate about how much to raise the salaries of the presidents. In the end it was determined between 3-5 percent raises. President Bresciani for instance will be making about $13,000 more a year.

After the meeting new Board President Kirsten Diederich commented on the Attorney General's comments that the board met illegally to discuss the Shirvani buyout.

Diederich said Stenehjem's comments were unfortunate because they thought they were following protocol. 

"I'm disappointed, and I think after our training that we had that weekend, we will work diligently to not let that happen again. We are doing everything we can now. We've gotten to the point where we are contacting the Attorney General's office prior to just about anything we do," she added.

Diederich says she doesn't believe this latest knock on the board will affect the vote more than a year from now where the people will decide whether or not to keep the board.


FARGO, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Board of Higher Education is holding a special meeting today to talk about salaries for 10 presidents in the university system. 

The board last week delayed action on the pay hikes so it could consider several salary options from acting chancellor Larry Skogen. One of Skogen's plans would give 4 percent raises to all presidents. 

Skogen took over for Hamid Shirvani, whose contract was bought out by the board after just one year as chancellor. Shirvani had recommended raises ranging from 5 percent for Valley City State's Steven Shirley and Williston State's Raymond Nadolny, to no raises at all for the University of North Dakota's Robert Kelley and David Fuller, president at both Minot State and Dakota College at Bottineau. 

Today's meeting is scheduled in Valley City.

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