N.D. Senate reconsiders, endorses chancellor buyout

BISMARCK (AP) – North Dakota’s Senate has reconsidered and endorsed a proposal to buy out the contract of University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.

The Senate voted 28-19 Wednesday to provide about $854,000 to buy out the final two years of Shrivani’s three-year contract.

Fargo Sen. Tony Grindberg’s amendment only provides funds for the buyout and does not force the Board of Higher Education to fire Shirvani.

The North Dakota Student Association expressed a vote of “no confidence” in Shirvani on Saturday. The Board of Higher Education issued a statement a day later, expressing support for Shirvani.

Shirvani has been in charge of the university system since last July. His contract runs through June 2015. He is paid $349,000 annually.