Mr John Abbott was appointed as the Chancellor of CQUniversity in November 2015, having served on the Council of CQUniversity since 2014. Mr Abbott has had an extensive and long term engagement with the University and its related entities over the past 30 years, first as a tutor at the then Capricornia Institute of Advanced education and most recently as a member of our University Council. He is deeply committed to our continued growth and to ensuring the University achieves its "Strong to Great" vision. To this end, Mr Abbott is extremely enthusiastic about playing a lead role in making sure CQUniversity emerges as one of Australia’s truly great universities.
Mr Abbott is passionate about the role universities play in the advancement of regional communities. As part of this, Mr Abbott has a strong interest in community and industry engagement, and creating valuable long-term partnerships which will contribute to our success as a university.
Professionally, Mr Abbott is an engineer and has held a number of senior management and corporate governance positions across industry sectors including power, oil and gas, minerals processing, mining, chemicals and engineering services. through his work he has established a number of very strategic national and international contacts in places such as Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, USA, Europe and the Middle East.