An assembly that represents students at North Dakota’s 11 public universities has voted no confidence in the chancellor of the state university system, Hamid Shirvani, The Forum, a newspaper in Fargo, reported. The no-confidence measure was approved by a 53-to-2 vote, with seven delegates abstaining, during a meeting of the North Dakota Student Association on Saturday. A large majority also supported a legislative proposal to buy out Mr. Shirvani’s contract for $800,000. The buyout proposal has been floated by a Republican state senator from Fargo but has not been formally introduced yet. Mr. Shirvani, who has been in office for less than a year, has faced criticism from some legislators over his plans for overhauling the state higher-education system and over his leadership style. Leaders of the state Board of Higher Education have said Mr. Shirvani has their support.
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