Emeritus Prof John Anthony Rickard

Emeritus Prof John Anthony Rickard

Emeritus Prof John Anthony Rickard


Chair of the Governing Board


PhD, University College, University of London, 1970
BSc, First Class Honours, Queen Elizabeth College, University of London, 1966


Emeritus Professor John Rickard was born and educated in England.  He read mathematics at Queen Elizabeth College, University of London and was awarded his PhD in Geophysical Fluid Mechanics at University College London before migrating to Australia to take up a lectureship in the Mathematics Department at the University of Melbourne.

Emeritus Professor John Rickard has held senior academic and leadership positions at several of Australia’s most prestigious universities and in 1980 he moved to Griffith University to take up his first professorial appointment.  He subsequently returned to Melbourne in 1984 to take up one of the Foundation Chairs at the newly established Graduate School of Management at the University of Melbourne.  In 1992 he joined Deakin University to head their Graduate School of Management and (what is now) Deakin Australia, the University’s commercial arm.  In 1994 John was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University.  He moved to Southern Cross University (SCU) in March 2000 to take up the position as Vice-Chancellor & President.  In July 2004 John took up the position of Vice-Chancellor & President at Central Queensland University.  John retired from this position in July 2009 and has continued to hold senior roles since that time. He is presently Chair of the Education Governing Council of the Singapore-based Kinderworld Education Group, Chair of the Advisory Committee of Outward Bound Vietnam and also Chairman of the Board of Nautilus Investment Corporation Pty Ltd.

John has held numerous visiting appointments, including Visiting Professor of Finance at the London Business School and Visiting Professor of Marketing at the Cranfield School of Management.  He has acted as a consultant in many areas including finance, taxation, executive remuneration, customer retention and strategy to a wide range of public and private organisations.  He has been a board member of several private and public companies and was the Attorney-General’s Specialist appointee on the Credit Co-operatives Reserve Board (1989-1991), Friendly Societies Reserve Board (1991-1992) and was Deputy Chairman of the Australian Financial Institutions Commission (AFIC) from 1992-1995.  John was a member of the Council of La Trobe University from 1991-2000 and a Board member of UniSuper Ltd, the superannuation fund for all of Australia’s public universities and related bodies from 2000-2007.  He has also served as an elected member of the Australian Vice-Chancellor’s Committee (AVCC) and a member of the Board of Queensland Education and Training International (QETI).


Prof. Rickard was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2001 for service to Australian society through business and university administration.