The chancellor of the North Dakota University System wants 30 staff members to hold the administrations of the state’s 11 colleges and universities accountable.
Hamid Shirvani wants lawyers and auditors. He has the support of the state Board of Higher Education and some lawmakers. Gov. Jack Dalrymple was a harder sell; in the executive budget, he only put seven new full-time equivalent positions in the University System’s office.
The state’s public higher education system has 17,500 employees, including 4,000 faculty members. The idea that the chancellor needs to hire 30 additional employees to monitor the existing administrators, faculty members and staffs strains belief.