When Peter Stoicheff was named the University of Saskatchewan's 11th president on October 24, 2015, he promised to remain true to the university's storied past, while enhancing its focus on the future—on the university's commitment to being the university the world needs.
The University of Saskatchewan is needed more now than it ever has been.
— President Peter Stoicheff
Role and Responsibilities
Under The University of Saskatchewan Act, the President and Vice-Chancellor (“the President”) is responsible for supervising and directing the academic work and business affairs of the University, its faculty members and student body, officers and employees, and for exercising additional powers and duties that are conferred on or assigned to the President by the Board of Governors.
Key accountabilities include the following:
- Provide vision and leadership in shaping and promoting the mission, values and goals of the institution;
- Cultivate positive and respectful relationships among all members of the university community, promoting and modeling accountable behaviour and conduct based on the values of inclusiveness, transparency, open dialogue and a commitment to the sustainable future of the institution;
- Develop and direct a strong, effective, collaborative and cohesive senior administrative team;
- Stimulate and promote excellence and integrity in the university’s teaching, research, scholarly, artistic and service activities, and foster a climate that encourages faculty, staff and students to pursue innovation in these activities;
- Foster a heightened sense of pride in, and recognition of accomplishments among students, faculty, staff
- Advance and improve the financial resources of the university through fundraising and development
- Oversee the prudent management and sustainability of the university’s budget and operations.
- Build upon the university’s previous engagement with Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan with the
aim of becoming honourable partners;
- Ensure the representation of Indigenous faculty and staff throughout the broad range of university programs;
- Further develop meaningful academic programs, services, and opportunities for Indigenous students,
faculty, staff and stakeholders across the institution;
- Provide leadership in the university’s service to the Indigenous community.
- Act as an articulate and effective advocate for, and ambassador of, the university within the local, provincial, national and international arenas, maintaining and enhancing the reputation of the university’s programs and seeking recognition for its achievements;
- Communicate the achievements and vision of the university to the people of Saskatchewan, and interpret to the university community the aspirations of the people of Saskatchewan for their university;
- Maintain and foster positive, consultative linkages with the university’s faculty, staff, students, unions and alumni;
- Enhance external relations with key officials in government at the municipal, regional, provincial and federal levels, in order to further the university’s interests;
- Forge effective links with other educational partners at the provincial, national and international levels, for the purposes of curriculum development and delivery, and research and policy collaboration;
- Engage with the Canadian academic community to address such common issues as post-secondary funding, accreditation, quality assessment and access;
- Continue to develop and encourage business, industry, government and community partnerships to serve the teaching and research goals of the university.
- Support and nurture each of the university’s governing bodies in fulfilling its role in accordance with the requirements of The University of Saskatchewan Act and the principles of good governance;
- Participate as an effective member of the Board of Governors, the University Council and the Senate, providing each of these governing bodies with a window into the leadership of the work of the other governing bodies.
We will be an outstanding institution of research, learning, knowledge-keeping, reconciliation, and inclusion with and by Indigenous peoples and communities.
— President Peter Stoicheff