mark dockstator fnuc

Mark Dockstator, an academic from Trent University in Ontario, has been hired as president of the First Nations University of Canada in Regina. (Trent University)

The First Nations University of Canada in Regina has hired a new president, its fifth in the last five years.

Mark Dockstator, currently a professor at Trent University in Ontario, will take on his new duties effective July 1.

He replaces Juliano Tupone, who was named acting president in 2013 following the departure of Doyle Anderson. Anderson, who was appointed president in 2011, stepped down so he could tend to a family health matter.

Anderson took over from Shauneen Pete, who was appointed interim president after the termination of Charles Pratt in 2010.

Pratt was fired following a tumultuous period at the university which saw the departure of staff as well as financial and governance problems, culminating with Ottawa and the province cutting funding early in 2010.

Dockstator has studied law at the University of Saskatchewan and York University. In 1994, he was the first First Nations person to graduate with a doctorate in law.

In addition to his academic work, Dockstator has been a researcher, consultant and advisor on a number of Aboriginal issues.

He is from the Oneida Nation of the Thames, just outside London, Ont.

In 2013, FNUniv noted it had 750 registered students.