July 21, 2014 9:30 am

University of Saskatchewan board of governors chair stepping down

Susan Milburn, chair of the board of governors at the University of Saskatchewan, is stepping down from her position.


SASKATOON – The chair of the board of governors at the University of Saskatchewan is stepping down from her position.

Susan Milburn has spent more than eight years in the position, having been elected to the board in July 2006.

In a statement, the university said it was her intention to honour the spirit of the University Act and not sit for more than nine years.

In May, the university senate voted to allow chairs to stay on for three terms, however the statement suggests Milburn will not seek re-election.

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The university has been shrouded in controversy after Dr. Robert Buckingham was terminated as dean of the School of Public Health for speaking out against TransformUS, a cost-cutting measure aimed at reducing the university’s deficit.

The firing of Buckingham led to a public outcry and he was rehired, but not has head of the school.

The fall-out from the firing led to provost Brent Fairbairn resigning from his position.

The board then voted unanimously to oust Ilene Busch-Vishniac as president of the university, replacing her with Gordon Barnhardt on an interim basis.

Milburn was the past president of the U of S alumni association and is a member of the audit, human resources and governance & executive committees.

A new board chair will be elected in October.

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