The day after she was grilled at a legislative committee hearing about perceived efforts to discredit North Dakota’s higher education chancellor, a member of the board overseeing the system sent an email critical of how her board and staff responded.
Following a legislative session that invested hundreds of millions in higher education and approved a new funding formula for colleges, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he trusted the State Board of Higher Education’s ability to resolve questions hanging over the system’s chancellor.
Today the Herald joins other Forum Communications Co. newspapers in North Dakota in calling for the resignations of Hamid Shirvani, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, and Duaine Espegard, president of the State Board of Higher Education.
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.
Higher education is a big business in North Dakota, and just like any business that runs well in multiple locations, there needs to be a strong working relationship, honesty and trust in the dialogue between the State Board of Higher Education “corporate office” in Bismarck and the 11 institutions around our great state.
A state lawmaker called members of the State Board of Higher Education and University System office before a House committee Friday to ask questions about what he believes has been a behind-the-scenes effort to discredit Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.
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