Herald Publisher: Debate the structure of the university system, not Shirvani

A quick backward glance shows that Shirvani alone is not the issue, however unsettling his personal style. The real issues are whether the chancellor system is better than what we had before, and whether it can work and what the consequences will be if it doesn’t.

That’s the debate we ought to be having.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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