JSGS Leadership Announced

May 29, 2013

JSGS teadership team

The University of Regina (U of R) and the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) have approved the re-appointment of Michael Atkinson as executive director of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS), for a two-year term starting July 1, 2013. In addition to Atkinson’s appointment, the two universities have appointed Kathleen McNutt as the new associate director of the school’s U of R campus, for a two-year term, and have re-appointed Dan Perrins as the director of Outreach and Training until June 30, 2014.

Since Michael’s initial appointment in 2008, the JSGS has received accreditation status from the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration for its MPA and MPP programs; established partnerships with the public sector for executive and governance training; formed greater collaborations with centres and units across both campuses; and has experienced steady growth in graduate student numbers and overall student satisfaction. Prior to his appointment, Atkinson served as the U of S provost and VP academic (1997-2007) and as associate vice-president academic at McMaster University (1995-97).

Kathleen McNutt holds a PhD from Simon Fraser University and an MA from the University of Alberta.  She is currently embarking on a research program focused on the impact of social media on policy processes, the public sector and governance. Prior to her appointment, McNutt served as an associate professor and graduate chair in the school, and regularly facilitated workshops for the school's executive training program. She has recently been published in such academic journals as Governance, Energy Policy, Internet and Policy, Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Canadian Public Policy, and Canadian Journal of Political Sciences.

With 36 years of experience as a public servant with the Government of Saskatchewan, Dan Perrins started as a frontline social worker before going on to hold a number of increasingly senior positions in social services, health, education, post-secondary education and skill training, concluding his career as the deputy minister to the premier and head of the public service. Over the past five years Dan has headed the school’s Outreach and Training unit, building it into a major force in professional public management education.

"We want to thank Ken Rasmussen for the significant role he has played in the creation and success of the school. Ken pioneered the idea of a public policy school in the province and was, from the beginning, a strong promoter of the one school/two campus model. His work has given the province of Saskatchewan one of the best public policy schools in the country, and we are grateful for that," says Thomas Chase, Provost and VP (Academic) University of Regina. "We are confident that under this new leadership team the school will continue to enjoy demand for its academic programs and success in its research and training programs.

For more information, please contact:
Erica Schindel, Communications and Marketing Specialist
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School
University of Saskatchewan campus
Ph: (306) 966-2663


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