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Hamid Shirvani, right, the newly hired chancellor of North Dakota's university system, speaks March 13 to Robert Vallie, the student representative on North Dakota's Board of Higher Education, in the student union of Bismarck State College in Bismarck, N.D., shortly after the board voted 5-3 to hire Shirvani as chancellor. The chancellor is the chief administrative officer of North Dakota's 11 public colleges. Shirvani will replace William Goetz, who is retiring.

New NDUS chancellor wants unified voice for higher ed

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BISMARCK -- The new leader of North Dakota's University System wants to become the voice of higher education in the state.

Hamid "Ham" Shirvani, who officially begins July 1, attended the State Board of Higher Education's two-day retreat this week, where leaders discussed how they want to move forward as they transition to a new chancellor.


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