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University System seeks applications for interim chancellor

BISMARCK -- The North Dakota University System is accepting applications and nominations for an interim chancellor to lead the system of 11 public campuses for at least the next year after Chancellor Hamid Shirvani's term ends early July 15.

A news release Friday said the State Board of Higher Education is looking for a leader with "significant experience in higher education and statewide leadership."

The position also requires an applicant who can work "collaboratively" with campus presidents, represent the system effectively with legislators and the governor and lead the system office.

Applicants are asked to send a letter of interest and resume to, while confidential inquiries are possible by contacting Association of Community College Trustees Executive Vice President Narcisa Polonio at 202-276-1983 or

Friday's announcement said the board will review applications at its June 20 meeting in Bottineau.

An interim chancellor is expected to be appointed by the end of the month.

Under a contract buyout plan approved by the board Monday, Shirvani will receive an estimated $925,377 for the two years remaining on his three-year contract that began last July 1.