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Vice-Chancellor and President

Professor Jan Thomas 
Vice-Chancellor and President


The Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive Officer of the University. As Chief Executive Officer she is responsible for the academic, administrative, financial and other affairs of the USQ. The Vice-Chancellor promotes the interests and furthers the development of the USQ.

The Vice-Chancellor exercises general supervision over the activities and welfare of staff and students of the USQ. The Vice-Chancellor has all such powers and duties as may be necessary or convenient to enable her to carry out her responsibilities.


Professor Jan Thomas is the Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Southern Queensland.

Before taking up this position in January 2012, Professor Thomas was Deputy Vice Chancellor at Murdoch University from 2003 until 2010 and the Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Notre Dame Australia from 2010.

Professor Thomas has a PhD in Veterinary Science from Murdoch University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute for Company Directors. She has received numerous national and international awards for her leadership in education.

Professor Thomas currently holds the position of Chair for the Managing Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. She is also the Chair for the Regional Universities Network. Professor Thomas was appointed Chairperson to the State Library Board of Queensland in March 2014.

She is a strong advocate for the transformative role of education, both as a mechanism for social justice and as a key driver for national productivity and innovation.

Vice-Chancellor's Committee

The Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Jan Thomas, is supported by an experienced professional executive:

Our Vice-Chancellor's Committee is a key advisory committee to the Vice-Chancellor and President on all matters relating to the management of the University and on the setting of strategic directions and the development of policy.