Blaine Favel, whose past work includes four years as grand chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN), has been appointed as the new chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan.
Favel’s appointment was confirmed at a meeting of the university’s senate on Saturday, according to a news release.
“I am honored that the senate of the University of Saskatchewan is confident in my ability to fulfill this esteemed position,” said Favel in the release.
Favel graduated from the U of S in 1987 with a bachelor of education degree and went on to earn a law degree from Queen’s University in 1990 and a master’s of business administration degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 2001.
He served as chief of the Poundmaker First Nation, and was FSIN grand chief from 1994-98.
Favel replaced former U of S chancellor Vera Pezer, who served two terms starting in 2007.