University of New Orleans
Feb 12, 2020
Dr. John Nicklow
University of New Orleans

Dr. John Nicklow was appointed President of the University of New Orleans in March 2016. His priorities focus on enrollment growth and student success, strengthening the campus’ research enterprise, and building partnerships with alumni, the community and regional business leaders.


President Nicklow is actively engaged with a number of local and regional nonprofit and economic development organizations including GNO, Inc., the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the Business Council of New Orleans and the River Region, the New Orleans Business Alliance, the Committee of 100, the Rotary Club of New Orleans and the Board of Directors of Benjamin Franklin High School.


President Nicklow has more than two decades of higher education experience as a faculty member and administrator with a proven track record in research, enrollment management, student success initiatives, fundraising, campus-wide collaborations, and academic program innovation. Prior to his ascent to the presidency, he spent nine months as the University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He 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.

A native of western Pennsylvania, President Nicklow earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University. He began his career as an Environmental Engineering Officer with the U.S. Public Health Service. He and his wife, Dr. Stacy Nicklow, have a son, Ethan, and reside in New Orleans.