John Nicklow


University of New Orleans

Region 1
Geo Area


Dr. John Nicklow is the seventh leader in the history of the University of New Orleans. He was selected President by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors on March 16, 2016. Prior to his ascent to the presidency, he served as the University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. President Nicklow brings to the position nearly 18 years of higher education experience as a faculty member and administrator with extensive experience in research, enrollment management, student success initiatives, fundraising, campus-wide collaborations, and academic program innovation.

As Provost, Dr. Nicklow served as the Chief Academic Officer for the University of New Orleans and was responsible for managing academic programs and support units and the policies and practices that affect the academic success of students at the University. He oversaw undergraduate and graduate education, recruitment and retention of students, faculty affairs, including promotion and tenure, outreach to the community, information technology, and institutional effectiveness and assessment.

President Nicklow previously held the position of Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Southern Illinois University, as well as earlier appointments as Assistant Provost for Enrollment Management, Associate Dean of Engineering, and Professor of Civil Engineering at that institution. As Provost, Dr. Nicklow led an effort that resulted in increased overall student enrollment, following more than 10 years of consecutive declines. Other highlights of his tenure included two of the largest freshmen classes in 20 years, the largest international student population in 30 years and strong gains in the number of transfer students as well as rates of student persistence. Dr. Nicklow helped triple the size of the University Honors Program; grew accredited online programs and online enrollment; managed new, successful recruitment initiatives; created centralized First-Year Advisement; and established a number of cross-disciplinary and new academic programs.

President Nicklow has been widely recognized at the university level, by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and by industry for his teaching and research. His research interests are focused on STEM education and on environmental and water resources systems optimization. He has published more than 75 articles and is the author of four books. He is a registered professional engineer, a certified professional hydrologist, a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a Diplomat of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.

President Nicklow earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and a Ph.D., in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University. He began his professional career as an Environmental Engineering Officer with the U.S. Public Health Service and was responsible for design and construction of water supply and waste disposal facilities for American Indian communities.

President Nicklow is a native of Berlin, Pennsylvania. He is married with one son.