After Less Than a Year, North Dakota Board Buys Out Chancellor's Contract

After Less Than a Year, North Dakota Board Buys Out Chancellor's Contract 1

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Hamid A. Shirvani: "I take the responsibility that I probably underestimated the political landscape, or didn't analyze it the way that I should have."

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Hamid A. Shirvani: "I take the responsibility that I probably underestimated the political landscape, or didn't analyze it the way that I should have."

North Dakota's State Board of Higher Education voted unanimously on Monday to buy out the contract of Chancellor Hamid A. Shirvani, ending his brief, turbulent tenure as head of the state's 11-campus university system.

A statement on the board's Web site said that the board "solidly supports" the changes that Mr. Shirvani had advanced.

However, the chancellor "felt that he had accomplished as much as he could, and asked us to release him so that he could