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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

UND Student Body President Refused To Sign Letter Backing President Kelly

“I didn’t feel comfortable at all adding my name to it,” University of North Dakota Student Body President Nick Creamer told me about a recent letter submitted to the Grand Forks Herald in support of President Kelly. “I didn’t agree with a lot of the contents of the letter.” The letter purports to show support

NDSU President Dean Besciani Denies Deleting Emails To Avoid Open Records Request

The Fargo-area media is catching up to a story we broke here on SAB this weekend which has Legislative Council questioning whether or not NDSU President Dean Bresciani broke open records law by deleting over 45,000 emails from his account the day a request for them was made. If he did, he is potentially guilty

After Criticizing University Presidents, Shirvani Placed On Administrative Leave Early

If North Dakota’s university presidents were on a mission to prove how thin-skinned and petulant they are, how unwilling they are to be governed by anyone, the hissy fit they’ve thrown after criticism by Chancellor Hamid Shirvani in their evaluations has accomplished that mission. Since the negative evaluations the presidents have seemingly ordered their underlings

In The North Dakota University System, The Presidents Are The Problem

Yesterday SAB broke the news about outgoing Chancellor Hamid Shirvani raking several of North Dakota’s university presidents over the coals in his first, and last, evaluation of them (Shirvani will leave his post for two years of golden parachute time in the middle of next month). Many of Shirvani’s critics responded to the evaluations as

With The Chancellor Leaving, Let's Talk About North Dakota's Problematic University Presidents

Scoring their second victory over a chancellor of the North Dakota University System in less than a decade, the state’s university presidents have to be feeling pretty full of themselves. Yet, even as Chancellor Hamid Shirvani departs (golden parachute planted squarely on his back), the problems in the state’s university system remains. And those problems

Despite Getting Fired Chancellor Shirvani Will Get Two More Pay Raises

According to Chancellor Hamid Shirvani’s separation agreement, he’ll be on administrative leave starting July 14th of 2013 and, starting January 2nd of 2014, he’ll cease being an officer in the North Dakota University System. But Chancellor Shirvani will continue to get paid until June 30th of 2015, and will even get two pay raises during

Chancellor Shirvani Scores Some Victories In Latest SBHE Meeting

Embattled Chancellor Hamid Shirvani seemed to have a majority of the State Board of Higher Education behind him on at least a couple of issues. First, the board voted 7-1 to scale back previously-approved tuition increases to something more on par with what Shirvani had requested (only board member Kari Reichert voted no): North Dakota’s

Anti-Shirvani "Whistle Blower" Was Involved In Serious Exposure Of University System Data

The North Dakota University System data exposure report below details an incident in which the private information of students and university system employees was exposed, but apparently not reported to them as it wasn’t specifically required by law. NDUS “whistle blower” Linda Baeza Porter was responsible for the breach according to the report. Porter was

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