Former uSask President Peter MacKinnon publishes book on PSE leadership

January 20, 2015

Former University of Saskatchewan and current Athabasca University President Peter MacKinnon has written a book, University Leadership and Public Policy in the Twenty-First Century. The book, appearing in bookstores today, examines MacKinnon’s time at the helm of uSask, and addresses notable events since his departure nearly 3 years ago. MacKinnon offers his take on the controversial dismissal of Robert Buckingham as Executive Director of the School of Public Health, describing the administration’s response as an overreaction; however, he does say that he feels that once an institution’s governing body has come to a decision, its administrators should no longer debate it. He also suggests that uSask has suffered from “mission ambiguity” as a result of its competing aims to be “the people’s university” and to be a world-class institution. He also defends the right of the university president to give recommendations on tenure decisions to the board of governors, a matter that has been contested between uSask and its faculty association. StarPhoenix