University of Saskatchewan Provost, VP academic resigns

Brett Fairbairn, provost and vice-president academic at the University of Saskatchewan, has resigned his post effective immediately. File / Global News

SASKATOON – The provost and vice president of academic at the University of Saskatchewan has resigned his post effective immediately.

Brett Fairbairn tender his resignation letter to Ilene Busch-Vishniac, the president of the university on Monday afternoon.

In his letter to Busch-Vishniac, Fairbairn said “my motive for offering my resignation is my genuine interest in the well-being of the University of Saskatchewan.”

“I believe the work I have done as a student, faculty member, and provost has contributed to the growth of our university’s reputation.

“The same interests lead me to offer stepping aside from the provost role as the best contribution I can now offer under present circumstances.”

In accepting his resignation, Busch-Vishniac thanked Fairbairn for his dedication over the years.

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The university became embroiled in controversy last week when it fired the head of the school of public health, tenured professor Dr. Robert Buckingham, for speaking out against TransformUS.

Buckingham questioned some of the recommendations in TransformUS, including moving the school of public health into the college of medicine.

An interim provost has not yet been appointed.

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