The North Dakota Board of Higher Education says it stands behind Chancellor Hamid Shirvani, who has come under fire from some legislators, students and others for his management style.
Board members in a special meeting Thursday approved a resolution of support by a 5-3 vote. A couple of board members voted against the idea because they thought it oversimplified the issue.
Following the vote, state Senator Tony Grindberg, who sponsored an amendment to buy out Shirvani's contract, told the board that discussions by Shirvani and board president Duaine Espegard about firing some college presidents "started this toxic environment."
Espegard responded that he hasn't heard anything from Shirvani about taking action against any of the presidents and added, "It isn't coming from the board, I know that for sure."