Former president, professor resigning at University of Saskatchewan

Former president of the University of Saskatchewan Ilene Busch-Vishniac is resigning from her teaching position. File / Global News

SASKATOON – Two figures at the centre of a 2014 University of Saskatchewan (U of S) controversy are resigning. Robert Buckingham and Ilene Busch-Vishniac are both resigning from their current positions at the institution in Saskatoon.

Buckingham, the former dean of the U of S school of public health, told Global News Saturday he will leave his faculty position but return to finish projects in September.

He was fired in 2014 after speaking out against the university’s cost-cutting initiative TranformUS but was later reinstated.

The controversy was followed by the dismissal of the university’s then president Ilene Busch-Vishniac in May 2014, who is resigning from her position in the college of engineering. She is currently suing the U of S over the dismissal.

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Busch-Vishniac provided her resignation letter to Global News Saturday. In it, she writes to the chair of the mechanical engineering department that she “very much enjoyed getting to know [her] mechanical engineering colleagues better,” but felt “academically isolated.”
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The resignation will take effect at the end of August and was submitted on May 31.

Joel Senick contributed to this story

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