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TJ Jerke, Forum News Service, Published February 23 2013

College students to decide whether to back Shirvani

BISMARCK – Students from North Dakota’s public universities will decide today whether they support University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.

Delegates from the 11 schools will meet in the Student Union at Bismarck State College during a regular meeting to discuss matters relative to the University System.

The students will address frustrations students and state lawmakers have with decisions made by Shirvani.

Sen. Tony Grindberg, R-Fargo, plans to offer an amendment on the Senate floor to Senate Bill 2003, Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s proposed University System budget. The amendment would appropriate money from the state’s general fund to the state Board of Higher Education to allow for the buyout of the remainder of Shirvani’s contract.

Minot State University Student Government Association already has come out supporting a buyout and is urging a vote of “no confidence” in Shirvani, who became chancellor in July and has been aggressively pushing for changes.

“We feel that he is unable to lead our NDUS in a manner which best supports students and their educational endeavors,” College of Business Sen. Brooke Domonoske said in a news release.

NDSA President William Woodworth said the North Dakota State College of Science student government also has drafted a resolution in support of the buyout.

The NDSA meeting kicked off Friday night with a dinner and committee meetings. The full assembly of student government delegates from all 11 schools will discuss the current issues facing the students and university system beginning at 9 a.m. today.


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