Controversial former North Dakota University System chancellor Hamid Shirvani has withdrawn as a candidate for the president’s job at the University of Guam, according to media reports.
The Guam Daily Post reports Shirvani told the University of Guam presidential search committee Tuesday, June 5, he will “not be visiting the campus.”
Shirvani was one of three finalists for the presidency announced in May, but Shirvani’s controversial past in North Dakota, Colorado, California and Iowa quickly came under scrutiny on the Pacific island, which is a U.S. territory.
Shirvani left North Dakota in 2013 after a brief stint as the top higher education leader, taking a nearly $1 million buyout from the state legislature amid claims that he governed using fear and intimidation. Shirvani also had controversial-filled stints in Colorado, California and Iowa. He was accused of sexual harassment at Briar Cliff College in Iowa and the state of California paid a settlement to a female administrative assistant while Shirvani was at Cal State-Stanislaus.
According to The Guam Daily Post:
In response to emailed questions from The Guam Daily Post, (search committee chairman) Leon Guerrero said Shirvani “was not paid any settlement to withdraw” from consideration. He will be “reimbursed for the cost of the airline tickets that he purchased for himself and his spouse,” he said.
Guerrero said AGB Search, the consultant that recommended Shirvani and the other candidates, “is still a part of this process.”
The other two original finalists remain candidates for the job and the search committee announced two more finalists were added to the list.