North Dakota’s person-of-the-winter was in Grand Forks on Thursday. Hamid Shirvani was the keynote speaker at the Economic Development Commission’s annual meeting. Shirvani is chancellor of the North Dakota University System.
In an earlier controversy, the board bowed to pressure from the president of North Dakota State University and fired its own chancellor. In this instance, the board seems intent on deferring to a strong chancellor, even it means breaking the law. What’s needed is a stronger board.
In Washington, D.C., last week, I popped into the National Portrait Gallery, one my favorite indoor places. I was there to apologize to James Monroe. I left Monroe off my Top 10 list of U.S. presidents who’ve had an impact on North Dakota. I stopped by the portrait of Chester Allen Arthur, too.
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