Leo F. Kristjanson (1979-1989)


Leo F. Krisjanson, 1985 (University Archives photograph A-8825)

Leo Friman Kristjanson was born on 28 February 1932 in Gimli, Manitoba. He received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Manitoba, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. His research as an agricultural economist focussed on co-operatives, the economics of rural development, and population trends. He came to the University of Saskatchewan in 1959 as a research economist with the Centre for Community Studies, a position he held until 1964. He became a sessional lecturer in 1960, was promoted to Associate Professor of Economics in 1965, Head of the Department of Economics and Political Science in 1969, and Vice-President (Planning) in 1975. He was appointed the University's sixth President in 1980. He retired as President in 1989 due to health reasons, a year before the end of his second term. After retirement, he moved back to his hometown of Gimli, Manitoba, where he died on 21 August 2005.

Speech given in 1984: "Education: A Process of Understanding Each Other" (Woodrow Lloyd Memorial Lecture)

Announcement of Dr. Kristjanson's retirement as President, 1988