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Former Fargo Mayor Wants to Lead Embattled State Agency

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A former Fargo mayor who was tabbed to help stabilize a state agency in crisis in 2008 is one of 15 people who have applied to be interim chancellor of the North Dakota University System. 

Then-Gov. John Hoeven five years ago appointed Bruce Furness to be interim director and CEO of the state Workforce Safety and Insurance agency.

Furness led the office following a period of high turnover and alleged illegal activity.

Furness says there are similarities between that situation and the University System's - mainly a loss of credibility. 

The state Board of Higher Education earlier this year bought out the contract of Chancellor Hamid Shirvani after questions about his leadership style.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem also says the board has violated state open meeting laws.

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