On May 21, the University of Saskatchewan’s Board of Governors announced the termination of Ilene Busch-Vishniac’s appointment as university president and vice-chancellor.
In an e-mail to the campus community on Oct. 2, University of Saskatchewan President Ilene Busch-Vishniac outlined what steps TransformUS will go through over the coming months.
On Sept. 12, students from the University of Saskatchewan School of Physical Therapy will hit the streets of Saskatoon to raise money for cystic fibrosis research.
Even though Ilene Busch-Vishniac makes $400,000 a year and gets a free house, I feel for her. Like Obama still trying to stabilize the U.S. economy after Bush’s shitstorm term in office, Busch-Vishniac has to clean up the University of Saskatchewan’s financial situation in a way that is manageable, sustainable and cost-effective.
The university’s president and other top executives should take a modest pay cut as a gesture of good faith to the rest of the campus community, even if the money saved would be just a drop in the $44.5-million deficit bucket.
When Ilene Busch-Vishniac was appointed president of the University of Saskatchewan, the school cashed in on a two-for-one deal. Her husband Ethan Vishniac — a well-known astrophysics researcher — also moved to campus and joined the department of physics as a professor.
Ilene Busch-Vishniac isn’t intimidated by former University of Saskatchewan president Peter MacKinnon’s legacy. Busch-Vishniac recently moved in to MacKinnon’s old home and began working her new job from MacKinnon’s old office inside the recently renamed Peter MacKinnon Building.
Although members of the search committee knew the identity of the next University of Saskatchewan president for about a month, few others in Convocation Hall on Dec. 19 knew the name Ilene Busch-Vishniac. Busch-Vishniac will be the first woman to hold the office, replacing Peter MacKinnon after 13 years as president. After such a long time
Ilene J. Busch-Vishniac will be the ninth person to hold the office of President of the University of Saskatchewan. She is currently the provost and vice-president academic of McMaster University.