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Rally kicks off Peter Stoicheff's tenure as U of S president

The former dean of the college of arts and science was named as the university's new president in July and his official start of his five-year tenure began on Saturday.

Stoicheff is 11th president of University of Saskatchewan

A rally to welcome new president Peter Stoicheff happened today on campus. It was organized by the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association (ASPA), with the support of the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association (USFA). (Adrian Cheung/CBC)

Peter Stoicheff is set to usher in a new era at the University of Saskatchewan. 

The former dean of the college of arts and science was named as the university's new president in July. He officially started his five-year tenure on Saturday. 

Monday's rally to welcome Stoicheff is one of the new president's first large public events.

The rally was thrown by the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association (ASPA), with the support of the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association (USFA).

ASPA's rally, which took place in the campus Bowl, asked for university leadership to return to the negotiating table to work out a collective agreement. It says it has been without an agreement since April 2014.

In response to the rally, the U of S issued a statement saying, "we look forward to getting back to the table."

Stoicheff has long history at U of S

Stoicheff joined the University of Saskatchewan's English department as a faculty member in 1986, serving as vice-dean of humanities and fine arts from 2005 to 2011. He became a dean in 2011. 

This moment may also prove to be a pivotal one in the school's history, as the U of S has been embroiled in controversy and changes in leadership since 2014.
Peter Stoicheff was presented with a Huskie's jersey representing his number as the 11th president. (Victoria Dinh/CBC)

The former dean of the School of Public Health, Robert Buckingham, was briefly fired and stripped of his tenure after he publicly criticized the university.

Former president Illene Busch-Vishniac was then fired for her handling of the incident, along with an ensuing wrongful dismissal lawsuit against the school and its board members. Gordon Barnhart, former Lieutenant-Governor, then stepped in as interim president after Busch-Vishniac's firing.

Stoicheff made comments at his first announcement as president in the summer that give clues about issues he is focusing on. Among them was a focus on the fine arts department and to making the U of S a top educational institution for aboriginal people. 

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