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University Presidents Given Majority On Committee To Define State Board's Roles And Responsibilities

University Presidents Given Majority On Committee To Define State Board's Roles And Responsibilities

Many critics of higher education, including this one, believe that one of the fundamental problems with North Dakota’s university system is that the system is ungovernable. University presidents – with powerful political constituencies that include alumni, local leaders and usually their hometown media –  have far more sway than the part-time board of appointees who

Senator Ray Holmberg: "No Comment" On Supporting Higher Ed Board President

Governor Jack Dalrymple will be making appointments to the State Board of Higher Education for new four-year terms. Dalrymple currently has six candidates before him, including current board Chairwoman Kirsten Diederich who is seeking a second term. But there is some opposition to Diederich getting another term. Several lawmakers have told me that Senator Ray

REAC Building Boondoggle Dumped On The Taxpayers By Unapologetic Higher Ed Officials

“In my 38 years in the legislature, this is one the most egregious examples of thumbing nose at a legislative directive. Period.” That’s what state Senator Ray Holmberg, R-Grand Forks, told Prairie Public about the deal in which the UND Research Foundation, controlled by UND officials, dumped the financially-challenged REAC building onto taxpayers. I’ve written about


Bresciani Emails Found, University System Apparently Getting A House Cleaning

Some very interesting developments in the email scandal at North Dakota State University today that make me think back to a line that President Dean Bresciani wrote about former Chancellor Hamid Shirvani in an email obtained by Forum Communications: “start getting bids from movers.” But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I’m told by multiple

Angry University President Gets His Diaper Changed By Higher Ed Board

KXNet – Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson Yesterday Minot State University President David Fuller, who was “so furious his voice was shaking” according to the Minot Daily News, demanded that outgoing Chancellor Hamid Shirvani’s evaluation of him be expunged from his record. He also expressed outrage that his evaluation would appear on a blog before he had a chance