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Forum staff reports, Published February 24 2013

Board of Higher Education board “disappointed” in student vote on Shirvani

BISMARCK – The current and past leadership of the state Board of Higher Education said in a Sunday statement that they are “disappointed” in the North Dakota Student Association’s vote of “no confidence” in Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.

The student association, representing more than 48,000 public university students in North Dakota, approved the vote on Saturday.

A media statement signed by Board President Duaine Espegard, Vice President Kirsten Diederich and past president Grant Shaft said the board remains in support of the embattled chancellor.

“In carrying out our overall policies, directions, and agenda he has worked arduously and with dedication to make North Dakota’s colleges and universities into a student-centered and mission-driven system,” the statement reads.