The State Board of Higher Education on Thursday rejected former Chancellor Hamid Shirvani’s annual performance evaluations of the 10 public university presidents, calling the language he used repugnant, offensive and unprofessional.
The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education unanimously decided Thursday to conduct a performance evaluation on the chancellor that allows college presidents, staff and students to “speak without fear,” according to one member.
The State Board of Higher Education has dissolved its three committees and will operate only as a full board, a move meant to avoid more open meeting violations following Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s findings of “pervasive” noncompliance with the laws.
It’s vital for board members and the chancellor to understand how utterly disappointed North Dakotans are in the board’s “pervasive” and seemingly willful disregard of the state’s Open Meetings and Records law.
Recollections from a Jan. 16 dinner meeting at Chancellor Hamid Shirvani’s home show that one State Board of Higher Education member recalled asking whether it was subject to the state’s open meeting law and, if so, whether the board had followed the required procedures.
The new leader of North Dakota’s University System wants to become the voice of higher education in the state. Hamid “Ham” Shirvani, who officially begins July 1, attended the State Board of Higher Education’s two-day retreat this week, where leaders discussed how they want to move forward as they transition to a new chancellor.
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