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.”

Rob Port is the editor of 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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