Saskatchewan president fired after sacked professor row

A Canadian university president at the centre of a row about the sacking of a professor who spoke out about planned cuts has been dismissed.

May 22, 2014

Source: University of Saskatchewan

The “termination, without cause” of University of Saskatchewan president Ilene Busch-Vishniac from her post comes after the institution was condemned for sacking Robert Buckingham, former executive director of its School of Public Health. He was reported to have criticised Dr Busch-Vishniac for threatening to end the tenure of professors who spoke out about a proposed cost-saving plan.

Professor Buckingham was later reinstated to his faculty post. However, the provost behind the decision to dismiss him, Brett Fairbairn, resigned from his position earlier this week citing his “genuine interest in the well-being” of the university as the reason.

A statement announcing the dismissal of Dr Busch-Vishniac, published on Saskatchewan’s website, says the university’s board of governors “feels strongly that the university’s ongoing operations and its reputational rebuilding efforts will be more effective with new leadership”.

“It was a painful week for the University of Saskatchewan,” it continues. “Many students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the U of S, and the people of the province generally, were dismayed by news emerging from the campus over the last seven days. The board was deeply troubled by this situation and committed itself to repairing the university’s reputation.”

The board has named Gordon Barnhart, previously an adjunct professor in the university’s department of history, as acting president, and has stated that Dr Busch-Vishniac is still eligible to take up her faculty post in the university’s College of Engineering.

chris.parr@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Chair (W3) of Architectural Construction and Design

Technische Universitat Dresden (tu Dresden)

Chair (W3) of Structural Design in Architecture

Technische Universitat Dresden (tu Dresden)

Chair (W2) of Architectural Conservation and Design

Technische Universitat Dresden (tu Dresden)
See all jobs

Most Commented

Doctoral study can seem like a 24-7 endeavour, but don't ignore these other opportunities, advise Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman

Laurel and Hardy sawing a plank of wood

Working with other academics can be tricky so follow some key rules, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

Matthew Brazier illustration (9 February 2017)

How do you defeat Nazis and liars? Focus on the people in earshot, says eminent Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt

Improvement, performance, rankings, success

Phil Baty sets out why the World University Rankings are here to stay – and why that's a good thing

Warwick vice-chancellor Stuart Croft on why his university reluctantly joined the ‘flawed’ teaching excellence framework