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Departing North Dakota Chancellor Blasts 3 Campus Presidents

Hamid A. Shirvani lasted less than a year as chancellor of North Dakota’s university system before the State Board of Higher Education this month bought out his contract. But on his way out the door, Mr. Shirvani has taken the time to sharply criticize three campus presidents working under him.

The Dickinson Press reports that the departing chancellor has delivered damning performance reviews to the presidents of the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, and Minot State University. He urges that Robert O. Kelley and Dean Bresciani, the leaders at UND and NDSU, face “full 360 reviews” from outside groups. And he recommends that Mr. Kelley and David Fuller, the Minot State president, not receive raises.

Mr. Fuller, a staunch critic of Mr. Shirvani, received an especially harsh review. Mr. Shirvani chided the president for “a form of myopic leadership that has probably served you well among certain elements in Minot but reinforced among your peers a growing exasperation.”

During his tumultuous year as chancellor, Mr. Shirvani has been dogged by a rocky relationship with campus leaders, no-confidence votes, complaints to accreditors, and allegations that he circumvented open-records laws.

The higher-education board said that it would discuss the evaluations and that its conclusions might differ from Mr. Shirvani’s.

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