Group of uSask profs seeks changes to institution's governance model

April 14, 2011

Following criticism over appointments made by senior officials at the University of Saskatchewan, 6 faculty members have sent an open letter to the province's advanced education minister, calling for amendments to the University of Saskatchewan Act to require that all board of governors meetings be open to the public. The professors also want a requirement of public sector and university backgrounds for board members. uSask president Peter MacKinnon said the professors' suggestions on board members' backgrounds would rule out huge numbers of qualified people with experience in business, arts, and professional practice. Having written his own letter to the minister in response, MacKinnon says the issue of the openness of the board has long been debated, but the board's role in overseeing the institution's business operations means it requires confidentiality for much of its work. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix