uSask Provost resigns before emergency board meeting

May 21, 2014

Shortly before the start of an emergency board of governors meeting at the University of Saskatchewan Monday night, Provost and VP Academic Brett Fairbairn submitted his resignation, citing his “genuine interest in the well-being of the University of Saskatchewan.” Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris asked uSask board Chair Susan Milburn to convene the meeting to determine whether administration broke the University of Saskatchewan Act when Robert Buckingham was fired as Dean of the School of Public Health. Stating that it believes “it is in compliance with the University of Saskatchewan Act,” the board issued the following statement regarding uSask’s administration: “We do not want to act in haste and therefore we have not made any final decisions, other than to maintain our strong commitment to financial sustainability and renewal. We will conclude our due diligence before a decision is rendered on university leadership.” The board will continue its discussion on the matter at the next board meeting, scheduled for May 26. uSask News | Globe and Mail | StarPhoenix | National Post | Inside Higher Ed