|North Dakota University System|
|Term||2012 – July 15th, 2013|
Hamid Shirvani is a scholar of architecture and urban design.
His most recent job was as Chancellor of North Dakota University System. A unified 11-campus system with a budget of $1.4 billion, 48,000 students and 18,000 employees.
Shirvani has been in higher education since 1979, and since 1986 in senior executive leadership and management posts. He has also served as architecture, urban design and land planning consultant to various public agencies and private development companies; most recently, as chief design consultant for the 3,400-acre (13.8 km2) Orange County Great Park.
He holds a BA in Architecture from the Polytechnic of Central London, a M.Arch from Pratt Institute, a M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an M.L.A. from Harvard University and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. 
Shirvani recently served as the Chancellor of the North Dakota University System. Prior to assuming that position, he served as President of California State University Stanislaus, Provost and Executive Vice President at Chapman University; Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research at Queens College, City University of New York; Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell; and Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver. In addition, he has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Syracuse and the Pennsylvania State University.
Shirvani has authored three books—Design Review Process (1981), The Urban Design Process (1985), Beyond Public Architecture (1990)—as well as several dozen papers in various refereed and professional journals and several dozen papers at national and international conferences.
In addition, Shirvani served as editor and/or on the editorial board of Journal of Architectural Education (1988–94); Avant Garde (1988–94); Journal of Planning Education and Research (1987–93); Urban Design and Presentation Quarterly (1987–89); Journal of the American Planning Association (1983–85); UD Review (1982–87); and Art and Architecture (1974–78). In October 2004, he was awarded the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and was invested as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. He was invested as a Knight in the Sovereign Military Order of Malta in 2009. Sir Hamid Shirvani is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science, Recipient of Special Commendation by the American Institute of Architects (2003) for his contributions in the fields of architecture and urban design, Recipient of the Seikyo Culture Award of Japan (1999) and is listed in the Who’s Who in the World. Sir Hamid Shirvani has lectured at 27 international and 48 U.S. universities, several dozen public and private agencies, and professional societies. He is also the recipient of grants from National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, United States Department of Education, DeWitt Wallace – Reader's Digest Fund and Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation. For his distinguished service and significant scholarly and academic achievements, Soka University (Japan) bestowed upon him the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2003. In 2007 and again in 2009, the statewide student government body of the 23-campus California State University system recognized Shirvani as “President of the Year.”
Shirvani is currently serving as Commissioner of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), member of the North Dakota State Board for Career and Technical Education (SBCTE), member of the Executive Committee of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), member of the National Association of System Heads.
Shirvani has served on the Board of Directors of Competition Inc., the United Way, ICMT, Inc., and as a member of the NCAA Presidents Council Division II, the American Council on Education (ACE) Commission on International Initiatives, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Committee on Professional Development, and the Higher Education Consortium of Central California (HECCC), the Executive Committee of International Association of University Presidents (IAUP); the IAUP/UN Commission on Disarmament, Education, Conflict Resolution and Peace; the AASCU Committee on Economic and Workforce Development (chairman); the Governing Board of the Stockton Site Authority; the Central Valley Higher Education Consortium (CVHEC), and many other boards and/or committees.
In April 2010, California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced an investigation to accusations that the university officials including Hamid Shirvani violated public records laws when they refused to reveal the financial details of a contract with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to speak at a university fundraiser, and allegedly shredded documents related to the agreement. 
The contract was reportedly found in a recycling bin along with other CSU documents. These were found by two unnamed CSUS students after a tip they received stating that there was documents being shredded at the CSU on a Furlough Day. In August 2010, the Attorney General concluded his investigation and found that there was no misappropriation of funds by the Foundation and no violation of law. 
In November 2009 the General Faculty of CSU Stanislaus voted for a measure of no confidence in CSU Stanislaus President Hamid Shirvani. The motivation for the vote according to the Academic Senate was "Shirvani’s abandonment of the shared governance process, the deteriorating working relationship between Shirvani and faculty, and Shirvani’s seeming lack of understanding of the mission of the CSU system." 
On February 5, 2013 the Fargo Forum reported that State Senator Tony Grindberg (R-Fargo) will offer and amendment to the higher education funding bill that will include language to buy out the remainder of Shirvani's contract.  This was politically motivated according to the Bismarck Tribune  and was countered by the former Lieutenant Governor Omdahl.  At the annual retreat of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education, the board went into executive session to discuss Shirvani's job performance and related proposals. On June 4, 2013, the board voted to accept a proposal which would buy out the two remaining years of his employment contract at a cost estimated to be over $800,000.
Student leaders in North Dakota have passed no confidence motions regarding Dr. Shirvani on February 23, 2013.  However, the State Board of Higher Education expressed their “wholehearted and unequivocal support” for Chancellor Shirvani.  The State Board stated that “he has earned and fully deserves our gratitude and continued support.”  Representative Robert Skarphol (R) from Tioga, called the students’ vote “beyond ridiculous” and “ totally inappropriate”, “Shirvani is highly qualified and honorable man”, who “brings both the knowledge and the will to the table, and it terrifies some people within the institutions and the legislators that a real expert may finally be at the helm and the playground atmosphere at some of the campuses may be replaced with one of seriousness and accountability.”  Furthermore, “minutes show students no confidence votes politically motivated” according to the minutes of North Dakota Student Association meeting.  This is echoed by an editorial in the Great Plains Examiner. 
On March 21, 2013, the State Board of Higher Education passed a Resolution in support of Dr. Shirvani expressing that the Board “endorses and gives its full support to the chancellor for his dedication and perseverance in endeavoring to improve the quality of public higher education in North Dakota.”  
At the annual retreat of the ND Board of Higher Education, the board went into executive session to discuss Shirvani's job performance and related proposals. At the end of that session it was announced that the board bought out the remaining two years of the employment contract at a cost of over $800,000. Shirvani's employment with North Dakota will end effective July 15, 2013.
- List of books by author Hamid Shirvani - Open Library