Higher ed board discussing Shirvani’s performance

GRAND FORKS (AP) – The state Board of Higher Education is discussing complaints about embattled University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani and his leadership style.

The board amended the agenda at the start of Thursday’s meeting in Grand Forks to include debate on executive leadership. Board member Kari Reichert made the motion because she says she’s not sure if Shirvani has the “right skills for the job.”

Gov. Jack Dalrymple said this week that Shirvani is “off to a rocky start” in the job he has held less than a year. Shirvani says he was given a mandate to overhaul the state’s higher education system. The board has supported Shirvani in the past.