New higher ed chancellor gets less than 1/3 of requested new employees from governor’s budget

One person who did not get everything he wanted is North Dakota University System Chancellor Hamid Shirvani. We talked to him yesterday about an $84-million increase in state funding for higher education. Under the proposed budget, he would get an $89-million increase.

While he says he would be very grateful for the additional money for operating costs and construction projects, he says he would still be missing an important part.

Shirvani says, “The only thing I’m disappointed with is I didn’t get the positions that I wanted to do my job as the chancellor. We asked for 30 positions, and we got seven positions, which is not even a third.”

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