Laurentian University Needs to Hire More Faculty Members, Says Association

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Laurentian University's plan of arrangement is missing some key demands from the Sudbury, Ont., school's faculty association, said its vice-president, reported. The university on Thursday filed its plan of arrangement, which is the final step needed to exit insolvency proceedings that started in February 2021. The plan sets out the terms between Laurentian and its creditors, and outlines the steps it will need to take to rebuild. In April 2021, the university ended 69 programs and cut nearly 200 staff and faculty positions. Louis Durand, vice-president of the Laurentian University Faculty Association, said that he was disappointed not to see a commitment to hire more faculty members and fill the gaps left in the wake of the university's insolvency. "We have lost more than 110 faculty members," Durand said. "And since this time, since April 2021, 20 other faculty members left Laurentian for retirement or because they'd found a job elsewhere." Durand said that he also would have liked to have seen a greater commitment to transparency from the university's administration in the plan of arrangement. But he said he did welcome news Laurentian president Robert Haché and provost Marie-Josée Berger would be stepping down once Laurentian exits the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) process. Read more.