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Shirvani fallout lingers

June 6, 2013

Outgoing North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani will presumably spend the next month cleaning out his office after having his contract bought out by the state this week....

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Jun-08-13 10:33 AM

Almost a million dollars! come on let's get real here. Tuition prices keep going up, I wonder why. This whole ordeal makes me wonder if he planned and staged this along, figuring ND leaders are to stupid to figure out a scam and I am taking them to the bank! Really, did he want to quit? No, he could see the writing on the wall... play this out and they will buy me out and I walk away with almost 1 million bucks. What a dirt bag.

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Jun-06-13 11:20 AM

First of all, Shirvani showed his administrative expertise by how he conveyed the direction to the schools and their Presidents. But, his handling of illegal meetings was by far the most egregious activity of his short term. So, he is gone but he should have been fired. As to the continuing three year contract for college administrators, that is not a real problem and does not necessitate a buyout. You just don't renew the third year and in most cases the President will immediately start looking. The problem with higher education also lies with the Board. It is time to get rid of all of them. Remember, it was their oversite that led us to this debacle over many years.

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Jun-06-13 9:18 AM

One of the good things Shirvani did when he was here was got rid of the continual rolling over of the three year contracts for College Presidents. The next President that leaves will save the state as much or even more than Shirvani's buyout cost.

I can actually understand the need for an initial 3 year contract, the idea is to give the person time to let things work their way. Shirvani got the grief over the changes, but we never got time to see the effects before the Board pulled the plug; hence, a buyout. Presidents have been getting the same thing, 3 year contracts, but what is worse is then the Board has been adding onto the cotract every year so they continue as 3 year contracts leaving the situation where you never can get rid of a President without a buyout. Shirvani changed that, the Presidents are now year by year, and that's a big part of the reason why they worked to get rid of Shirvani.

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Jun-06-13 8:13 AM

I heard some of the KXMB interview with Shirvani. He said his year in ND was the "worst" in his life. Wow. It's no small wonder that folks are a little testy about this whole affair.

Perhaps the chancellor position itself needs to be revisited: job description, qualifications, etc. The best candidate would have to be a "people person" who can truly work with people while diplomatically and patiently implementing any needed changes.

We've all seen this before: somebody not from this state charging in to right all the previous wrongs that the people in North Dakota have been doing.

How about the next chancellor (if there is one) trying a little respect and patience?

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Jun-06-13 12:51 AM

Yes, let's blame Shirvani for all the ills in the higher ed system. Let's not blame Grindberg, the presidents of UND, NDSU, MSU, or the board itself. Maybe the presidents need to knocked down a few notches, such as Fuller. He did not even understand that Shirvani was indeed his boss. Maybe, that is where the problem lies, not with Shirvani. Getting rid of two chancellors in less than a decade does not bode well for the future chancellors.

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