June 3, 2014 9:27 am

University of Saskatchewan names interim provost

Ernie Barber has been named interim provost at University of Saskatchewan as search continues to fill the position vacated by Brett Fairbairn.

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SASKATOON – A new interim provost has been named at the University of Saskatchewan.

Ernie Barber has been appointed interim provost and vice-president academic effective July 1.

Barber has had a distinguished career at the university over 33 years, including serving in the same position in 2007-08 and as vice-provost teaching and learning between 2008-10.

The current managing director of the Global Institute for Food Security will hold the interim position until a permanent provost is appointed.

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The position became vacant when Brett Fairbairn resigned in May at the height of the Robert Buckingham firing controversy.

Buckingham was fired as head of the School of Public Health after speaking out against budget cuts in TransformUS.

He was rehired after a public outcry, but not has head of the school.

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