BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Board of Higher Education met behind closed doors for about an hour to discuss a labor complaint against the university system chancellor.

The complaint was filed by former vice chancellor Lisa Feldner after she was fired by Chancellor Mark Hagerott in September. Feldner accuses Hagerott of creating a hostile work environment and discriminating against women. Hagerott says he "strong disagrees" with her assertions.

The board did not discuss the complaint when it returned to open session at Thursday's meeting. Board President Don Morton says the group doesn't want to debate it publicly.

Hagerott has been running the university system since July 2015. He's paid $372,000 annually.

The board at its September meeting rejected requests by board member Mike Ness for a special meeting to discuss Hagerott's contract.