Message from the Governing Bodies

Jay Kalra, University Council Chair     

Council gave its unanimous approval to the Third Integrated Plan at a special meeting on March 1, 2012. As the senior body charged with collegial decision-making in academic matters, Council and its committees have been deeply and vigorously engaged in shaping all three of the university’s integrated plans. Council’s engagement has led in turn to a growing level of comfort on the part of the entire institution with the planning process, as our understanding of the importance of planning has matured and gained sophistication. 

- Jay Kalra, Chair, University Council

Nancy Hopkins, Board of Governors Chair

Not only is the integrated plan hugely important to the institution’s academic and administrative agendas, it also influences board decisions and priorities. In the previous planning cycle, the board acknowledged the critical importance of the student experience when it assumed the risk of moving forward with initiatives like new student residences and the Gordon Oakes-Red Bear Centre. It reflected the imperative of enhancing our national and international research profile when it approved the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security. On March 5, 2012, the board unanimously approved the Third Integrated Plan, and you can be sure that in the coming cycle, when new proposals are before it, the board will be asking how the proposal resonates with the goals and priorities articulated in our plan.

- Nancy Hopkins, Chair, Board of Governors
Vera Pezer, Chancellor

An integrated plan is necessarily the product of many hands and minds. The University of Saskatchewan has a proud tradition of engaging with its external stakeholders, and the involvement of our Senate, as the public voice of the institution, has been vital and formative for all of our plans. Having this plan and its associated documents in place will help us to move forward more confidently towards our goals. It will also help our various stakeholders to see how the University of Saskatchewan serves the broader community.

- Vera Pezer, Chancellor