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Former U. of Sask. president returns as engineering professor

Ilene Busch-Vishniac was fired as president of the University of Saskatchewan on May 21, 2014.

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A Saskatchewan radio station is reporting that the former president of the University of Saskatchewan is now a professor of mechanical engineering.

CKOM says Ilene Busch-Vishniac has accepted the teaching role in the university's college of engineering.

This comes just a few weeks after Busch-Vishniac was terminated by the board of governors in the midst of the Robert Buckingham firing controversy.

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Busch-Vishniac's employment contract, signed Jan. 9, 2012, outlines that in the event of her termination, she would be entitled to return to her position as a tenured professor at the college.

Faculty and staff at the college of engineering have since sent an e-mail to the dean saying Busch-Vishniac will return in mid-June.

Busch-Vishniac declined to comment.

She will work under Gordon Barnhart, who became the university's acting president on May 22.

Buckingham was fired last month for speaking out about budget cuts at the school but was rehired after a national outcry.

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