U of S lands new vice-president of university relations

The University of Saskatchewan has announced Debra Pozega Osburn as its new vice president of university relations.

Incoming vice-president of university relations assumes role in October

Debra Pozega Osburn has been appointed as the new vice-president of university relations for the University of Saskatchewan. She holds a PhD in American Studies from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. (James Hopkin/CBC)

The University of Saskatchewan has announced Debra Pozega Osburn as its new vice-president of university relations.

She will officially assume the role in October.

"Every university is different," said Pozega Osburn. "So what I really need to do first is learn about the University of Saskatchewan and its communities, and then I'll know which aspects of the long experience I've had in other post-secondary institutions will be most applicable here."

Pozega Osburn is currently the vice-president of university relations at the University of Alberta, a role she's been in for the past six years.

The Michigan State University alumna has held a wide range of positions, mainly in media and communications, and has also worked as a journalist with the Lansing State Journal for a stretch of 13 years.

"The position of vice-president university relations is such an important part of our institution's leadership team and I know Debra will be able to take the U of S to new heights in regards to our external relationships," said University of Saskatchewan president Peter Stoicheff in a press release.

"The search for our vice-president university relations was national and international in scope, and I couldn't be more confident in our choice."

The move follows a period of upheaval and change at the university. Ilene Busch-Vishniac was terminated without cause in 2014. She was replaced by then interim president Gordon Barnhart, a former lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan. Stoicheff assumed the position of president in July 2015.

Pozega Osburn said she's excited with the direction the university is going in.

"I think that combination of quite a bit of experience in the post-secondary sector, plus some experience in the private sector - particularly in the media and communications - I think is something I am pleased to bring to the university."