University of Saskatchewan administrators are taking fire for ignoring a candidate for Dean of Law put forward by a search committee. President Peter MacKinnon presented his own candidate, Sanjeev Anand, a criminal law professor at the University of Calgary, to the Board of Governors for approval.
A member of the search committee who spoke anonymously to the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, says committee members are furious because the search was time consuming and because the administration appears to be further centralizing decisions. “It’s a very time-consuming process,” the source said. “This is not just about a few people feeling hard done by.”
Vice-president academic Brett Fairbairn, says that it is typical for recommendations from search committees to be heeded, but that the board has the final say. “Really, it’s about using the committee as the vehicle to collect and assess information,” he said.