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M.L. Huber, New Rockford, N.D., Published June 28 2013

Letter: Wondering if board can lead

As I read more about the actions and decisions of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education, I feel as though they are continuing to lose touch with the campuses and the students. Sure, rejecting Chancellor Hamid Shirvani’s evaluations was the right thing to do; they were nothing more than a pouting professional’s one last jab at the people who were ultimately most responsible for muscling him out. But even though the presidents had every right to do it, what did the board expect from Shirvani? That he’d be fair and contrite? That he’d play nice and learn his lesson?

And now, as though it makes up for their decision to hire Shirvani and initially stand by him in the first place, and instead of addressing the problem of poor leadership themselves, they assign a re-do to be conducted by one of their own campus presidents, instead of examining the campuses and the presidents themselves. This seemingly important evaluation, evidently, could not be done by a board more concerned about the political fallout of their actions and perhaps even the future existence of their jobs.

I’m beginning to wonder whether the board is even able to lead, administrate, or is even necessary, if their decisions are merely the attitude of Shirvani multiplied.