uSask rescinds mission statement, court upholds elimination of president's tenure veto

September 22, 2014

The council of the University of Saskatchewan has voted to rescind the institution’s “Vision 2025: From Spirit to Action” mission statement. Council member Howard Woodhouse, an education professor who voted in favour of rescinding the mission statement, said that Vision 2025 “was written by technocrats, and it’s going to inspire nobody. It’s an uninspiring, flawed, inert document.” John Rigby, who introduced the motion to rescind the mission statement in June, said that he did so “as a way to release future leadership from a statement that had been recently approved from a leader who was shortly thereafter terminated.” However, Rigby on Thursday voted against adopting the motion to rescind, stating that “the narrative that sprang up around the motion was that the motion was a way of expressing disapproval of quite a lot of things that had happened in the past that I don’t necessarily disagree with.” In other uSask news, a judge on Tuesday dismissed the institution’s appeal of an arbitrator’s ruling against the power of the university President to veto tenure decisions. This power was removed per uSask’s new collective bargaining agreement with its faculty union, which will go before the board of governors next month. StarPhoenix (Mission Statement) | StarPhoenix (Veto)