The Founding -- Principles and Practices: 1903-1909
ON 19 NOVEMBER 1903 the Legislature of the North-West Territories gave third reading to a bill which created a university for the Territories. On 3 April 1907 royal assent was given to a bill creating the University of Saskatchewan. On 29 September 1909 the first class was taught at the University of Saskatchewan. This chapter discusses the impact of the first two events upon the third.
The first part of the chapter covers the years 1903 to mid-1908 and deals with the establishment of those broad principles that would govern the relationship of the university to the world around it. Section two describes the man chosen to be first president. The last part of the chapter deals with the final twelve months before the university opened.
During the period from 1903 to 1908 a group of university trained men, primarily from Ontario and influenced negatively by the political and religious quarrels that surrounded universities in that province, established in theory a single, state-supported university free from political and religious controversy. During the second half of 1908 and the first half of 1909 the man chosen as president, Walter Murray, influenced by his philosophical training, educational theories, and university experience worked to ensure the independent existence of that university and to expand its mandate.