Following a rigorous hiring process beginning in the fall of 2014, the University of Saskatchewan announced its new president on July 9 to a crowded Convocation Hall.
The cost-cutting program TransformUS has been temporarily delayed following major changes to University of Saskatchewan leadership.
On May 21, former Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan Gordon Barnhart was appointed as acting president of the University of Saskatchewan following the same-day firing of Ilene Busch-Vishniac from the position.
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.
Peter MacKinnon always shakes your hand the same way. Rather than extending his arm straight forward, he bends it to the side and swoops into the shake with gusto. This practiced manoeuvre is meant to put you at ease, an old friend enthusiastically greeting you.
The search to replace Peter MacKinnon is on, but finding a replacement for the man who has led the university for the last 12 years is going to be difficult.
Peter MacKinnon has announced his advanced resignation from the position of president at the University of Saskatchewan.