NDSU student senate passes a resolution expressing “no confidence” for Chancellor Shirvani

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University (NDSU) Student Senate unanimously passed a resolution containing a vote of ‘no confidence’ against North Dakota University System (NDUS) Chancellor Hamid Shirvani and support for the proposed amendment to S.B. 2003 at its Feb. 24 meeting. The proposed amendment, brought by Sen. Tony Grindberg (R-Fargo), would allocate money for a buyout of the remainder of Chancellor Shirvani’s contract.

The resolution raised “serious questions…about Dr. Shirvani’s leadership methods, specifically regarding his interactions with student leaders.” Specific instances are cited within the resolution, which is available online at http://www.ndsu.edu/sg.

“By taking this action, our Student Government is sending a clear message to members of the legislature and of the State Board of Higher Education that we feel new leadership is needed for the students of NDSU, and across the state,” said Student Body President Luke Brodeur. “Having a culture of open communication and unity is absolutely vital for any organization to be successful. The university system affects more than 48,000 students, as well as many more faculty, staff and administrators. Having a leader that understands the importance of openness and feedback is necessary if we want to move forward as one collective system.”

Student Body President Luke Brodeur, Student Body Vice President Jace Beehler, Executive Commissioner of Government Relations and Intercollegiate Affairs Robert Lauf, Assistant Executive Commissioner of Government Relations and Intercollegiate Affairs Ian Godfrey and Senate Vice Chair Walter Lanza co-sponsored the resolution.

NDSU Student Government is composed of 35 Senators, 10 Executives and six Justices. The Student Body President, Vice President and Senate are elected by the student body every spring. The Executive and Judicial members are selected by the Student Body President and sworn in by the Student Senate.

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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