The search is on

The search for the next University of Saskatchewan president is underway. The position profile is complete, and we are actively seeking candidates for the job.

Our goal is to have the next president in place in 2016. We will look for candidates until early March; create a long list of candidates in March; shortlist potential candidates in May, and hold final interviews in June. We plan to recommend a candidate to the Board of Governors in June or July. 

Updates will be provided to the campus community throughout this process, and all information related to the search will be shared here.

The committee

The work of the search committee is essential to the process of selecting a new president

The committee includes representatives with academic, research, administrative and community perspectives. As chair of both the Board of Governors and the search committee, Greg Smith is joined by representation from the board, the University Senate, Deans’ Council, the General Academic Assembly, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU).

When the search committee has identified a preferred candidate, it will make a recommendation to the Board of Governors for its consideration.

Search committee members

  • Greg Smith (chair of the committee)
  • Michael Atkinson (executive director of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and representative of the deans and executive directors)
  • Claire Card (professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and GAA representative)
  • Pamela Downe (head of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology and GAA representative)
  • David Dubé (member of the Board of Governors)
  • Blaine Favel (U of S chancellor and Senate representative)
  • Len Findlay (professor of English and GAA representative)
  • Max FineDay (president of the USSU)
  • Grant Isaac (member of the Board of Governors)
  • Lisa Kalynchuk (professor in the Department of Medicine and GAA representative)
  • Preston Smith (dean of the College of Medicine and representative of the deans and executive directors)
  • Izabela Vlahu (president of the GSA)

The search consultants

Perrett Laver is a senior level search firm specializing in education, science & research, global development & non-profits, and healthcare. The firm operates on a global basis with offices located in EMEA, the Americas and Asia Pacific and is exceptionally well-placed to support the University of Saskatchewan in the search for their next president.

Perrett Laver has one of the largest and leading higher education practices in the world, having advised on over 80 president and vice-chancellor searches and in the appointment of approximately 2,000 senior academics and non-academics.

Perret Laver

Get more information

To ask a question or submit feedback about the search for a new president, please email