Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Nick Klomp
Professor Nick Klomp

About the Vice-Chancellor and President

As the Chief Executive Officer of the University, the Vice-Chancellor and President provides leadership and drives the strategic planning, finance and external affairs of the institution across its growing network of campus and teaching locations in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

The Vice-Chancellor and President advises the Council about the setting of strategic directions and priorities, reports to Council regularly on the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of University programs and activities, and assists Council in the discharge of its formal external accountabilities.

The Vice-Chancellor and President also represents the University to government, industry, the wider community and internationally.

About Professor Nick Klomp

Professor Nick Klomp is the Vice-Chancellor and President of CQUniversity Australia. As the Vice-Chancellor, he leads the University by driving its strategy and academic vision, enhancing its culture and external profile, strengthening its finances and supporting its communities, across a national network of campuses.

Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor in 2019, Professor Klomp was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Canberra, where he was responsible for academic strategy and teaching and learning quality across five faculties, as well as student recruitment and administration, student experience, marketing, international activities, graduate outcomes, and student equity and support. Prior to that role, Professor Klomp was the Dean of the Faculty of Science at Charles Sturt University, leading a large and diverse faculty in seven schools across six regional campuses, with disciplines ranging from Veterinary Science to Dentistry, Nursing to Environmental Science, Forensic Biotechnology to Wine Science, Agriculture to Allied Health and more.

Professor Klomp is passionate about student engagement in learning, excellence in teaching, and research with impact. He has been presented with a teaching excellence award, has been nominated for awards in the promotion of science, and was a Science Correspondent for ABC radio for more than a decade. Professor Klomp is a vocal advocate for regional universities and served as the Chair of the Regional University Network in Australia for three years.

In addition to his extensive teaching career, Professor Klomp is recognised internationally for his research in applied ecology and environmental science, having produced three books and around 60 refereed publications, successfully supervised more than a dozen doctoral students, and attracted several nationally-competitive grants.

Professor Klomp has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Curtin University, First Class Honours from Murdoch University, and a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Glasgow. He is also a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program (AMP 189) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Key contacts

Courtney Newman, Executive Assistant

Melissa Misztal, Director, Office of The Vice-Chancellor and President

Elle Cullen, Coordinator, Office of The Vice-Chancellor and President


Matt Mansfield, Political Relations Advisor

Chris Veraa, Director, Strategic Engagement

Barbara Miller, Director, People and Culture