The State Board of Higher Education has chosen a sitting university president to be the acting chancellor.
Board members voted this morning to appoint Bismarck State College President Larry Skogen
to lead the university until an interim chancellor is hired. The position is open because Hamid Shirvani was bought out of his contract last month, and left the job this week.
The board placed Shirvani on leave effective immediately.
In accepting the job today at the Board of Higher Education meeting in Bottineau, Skogen said there is a need to bring people together following what one board member called a year of turmoil.
(Dr. Larry Skogen, Acting Chancellor) "I do think that as a member of this great and wonderful system that we have that there's a lot of healing that has to occur and it has to occur now I don't think it can wait. And I do know that we have my colleagues that we have the strongest set of Presidents the system has seen. "
Skogen will continue his job as BSC president while devoting some of his time to the daily operations of the university system, also headquartered in Bismarck. A new interim chancellor is expected to be hired this summer.