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Vice-President (Special Projects) / (Planning & Development) - BA Holmlund
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1956-1993, predominant 1980-1990 (Vervaardig)
14.78 metres of textual records
280 photographs and negatives
54 audio and video cassettes
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In 1981 Blaine Holmlund was appointed to a new administrative position: Vice-President (Special Projects). That office was responsible for initiating major projects; assisting Deans and faculty in implementing intercollege programs; preparing annual budget submissions and multi-year budget plans; campus-wide computer and communications services; the University Studies Group, physical plant operations, A-V services, college reviews, and student services. In his 10 December 1985 report to Council, President Leo Kristjanson noted that "because of a perceived uncertainty about the boundaries of responsibility indicated by the title VP Special Projects, the title has been changed to VP Planning and Development." The responsibilities of the office remained relatively unchanged. BA Holmlund continued as VP (Planning & Development) until his retirement from the University in 1991.
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Blaine Adrian Holmlund was born at his family’s home (Section 11, Township 27, Range 7, West of the 3rd meridian),roughly 9 miles west of Strongfield, Saskatchewan, on 27 July 1930. His career began at age 12, as a hired farm labourer. He worked variously at the general store and as a mechanic at the local garage prior to joining the CPR as a relief station agent and telegraph operator (December 1948-May 1955). One of his supervisors at the CPR strongly urged Blaine to consider University – not an option considered before by Blaine or one expected by his family. Blaine entered engineering at the University of Saskatchewan and put himself through, earning his BE in 1955 and his MSc in 1961. Following his graduation in 1955, Blaine worked as a development engineer for Shell; for Atomic Energy of Canada at Chalk River; and as a communications engineer for Sask Power. He was briefly also a lecturer in electrical engineering at the University; and in 1958 returned, joining the faculty of the University of Saskatchewan where he remained for the rest of his career. From 1958-1992 he served the University in a variety of capacities: as a professor of electrical engineering; of biomedical engineering; of computational science; of finance and quantitative methods. He established, and served as first director of: the Biomedical Engineering Program; the Computational Science Department; the Hospital Systems Study Group; and the University Studies Group. He was named VP (Special Projects) in 1980 and VP (Planning and Development) in 1985. Blaine served as Acting University President in 1989. He served on the Board of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College from 1982-1993, and from November 1990-June 1991 was on secondment from the University to serve as Acting President of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (now First Nations University of Canada). Blaine was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Saskatchewan in 1998. Following his retirement Blaine volunteered for Saskatoon Habitat for Humanity, helping to initiate partnerships with employment programs and to establish the Re-Store. He died in Saskatoon on 17 June 2006.
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This fonds contains materials created or received by the offices of VP (Special Projects) and VP (Planning and Development), including materials relating to information technology, budget preparation in response to the funding cutbacks of the 1980s; initiatives in biotechnology, toxicology, and native studies; major program reviews including the Colleges of Medicine, Graduate Studies, and Home Economics; and the Issues and Options project. Additionally, this fonds contains some documentation relating to Holmlund's tenure as Acting President in 1989 including briefing notes for incoming president JWG Ivany; and to Holmlund's work on the boards of Ag-West Biotech, the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, etc. Publications and addresses from the whole of Holmlund's career are also included; these relate to his prior work in biomedical engineering, computing services, USG, etc. as well as to his senior administrative duties.
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Vice-presidential records are restricted for a period of 10 years following the end of term in office. Personal information relating to students, staff and faculty has been restricted in compliance with the Local Authority Freedom of Information Act.
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