The role and mandate of the provost's advisory committee

PAC provides the link between the academic priorities of the university and its business and budgetary priorities. PAC is the administration’s planning and budgetary body and is responsible for:

  • the structure of integrated planning;
  • recommendations to the board of governors on operating and capital resource levels;
  • review of plans of academic and administrative units; and
  • making resource decisions related to the university’s integrated plan, and managing the academic priorities fund.

The history

In August of 2002, the Provost’s White Paper on Integrated Planning was published as a companion piece to the president’s strategic directions statement approved earlier that year. The white paper outlined the basic elements of a new planning process at the University of Saskatchewan with an emphasis on: integration of planning and budgeting, integration of financial oversight, integration of academic and administrative planning, integration of semi-autonomous units, and integration of evaluation processes. Included in the white paper was a new decision-making body, the provost’s committee on integrated planning (PCIP), to oversee these forms of integration. The white paper was based on broad consultation with the planning committee and budget committee of council, with the deans, with colleagues across the country, and with the University of Saskatchewan community over a 10-month period beginning in October 2001.

The following describes the original concept for PCIP, now PAC, as outlined in the white paper:

PCIP [PAC] provides the link between the academic priorities of the university and its business and budgetary priorities. PCIP [PAC] is the administration’s planning and budgetary body and is responsible for the structure of Integrated Planning, recommending to the Board of Governors on operating and capital resource levels, review of plans of academic and administrative units, and managing the Academic Priorities Fund (APF).

PAC members 2019/20

While PAC members hold their membership by virtue of their position, they are acting in the best interests of the university and are not representing their respective portfolios.

  • Tony Vannelli, provost and vice-president academic (chair)
  • Greg Fowler, vice-president, finance and resources (vice-chair)
  • Karen Chad, vice-president, research
  • Debra Pozega Osburn, vice-president, university relations
  • Jim Basinger, acting vice-provost, faculty relations
  • Patti McDougall, vice-provost, teaching, learning and student experience
  • Melissa Just, dean, university library
  • Peta Bonham-Smith, dean, college of arts and science
  • Mary Buhr, dean, college of agriculture and bioresources
  • Jacqueline Ottmann, vice-provost, Indigenous engagement
  • Dena McMartin, associate provost, institutional planning and assessment

Support:

  • Cheryl Carver, associate vice-president, people and resources
  • Sara Daniels, associate vice-president, government relations
  • Terry Summers, controller
  • Jennifer Beck, director, resource allocation and planning
  • Troy Harkot, director, assessment and analytics