Shirvani must quit right now

What a joke. Seriously, we couldn’t stop laughing out loud when we read the latest comments by fired North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani.

The outgoing chancellor criticized three university presidents in their annual reviews, questioning the leadership abilities of Minot State University President David Fuller, North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani and University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley, and recommending no raises for Kelley and Fuller.

We’re not making this up. Shirvani actually had the gall to question someone else’s leadership ability after failing miserably as chancellor. It’s laughable.

Shirvani, in case you’ve forgotten, had the last two years of his contract bought out by the State Board of Higher Education recently, after a year of angst and tension with a host of employees of the university system, lawmakers and members of the public. For his year of “work” as chancellor, which included habitual violations of state open meeting laws, Shirvani walked away with a hefty severance package that includes two years of his full salary of $349,00 a year (plus two yearly raises), health insurance benefits and other perks. And now he says two presidents who are still actually working don’t deserve raises?

Of course, it’s purely coincidental that Shirvani has issues with Fuller, Kelley and Bresciani, who just happen to be the three biggest outspoken critics of Shirvani’s “leadership” as chancellor. Hence, Shirvani’s opinion that the three presidents display poor leadership abilities cannot be taken seriously.

Shirvani is scheduled to remain in office until July 31, and be a consultant to the university system until January. It’s obvious he needs to leave immediately.