EDWARDSVILLE - John Nicklow has been named the new provost and senior vice chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Nicklow, who has worked as assistant provost and director of enrollment management for the Carbondale campus, was announced by SIUC Chancellor Rita Cheng as the choice to replace Gary Minish, who resigned from the post in January.
Nicklow was on of four candidates up or the position. Other candidates were Laurie Achenbach, microbiology professor and associate dean for research and graduate programs in the science college; Jay Means, dean of the science college; and Joseph Brown, director of Africana Studies.
Nicklow has served as interim assistant provost for Enrollment Management since June 2010. In that position, he is responsible for the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Financial Aid, Transfer Student Services, Records and Registration, Bursar, and International Programs and Services.
"Dr. Nicklow's record of accomplishment at our University and his leadership skills make him uniquely qualified to serve as our next provost," Cheng said. "He is passionate about student success and the quality of our academic programs. I look forward to working with him to move our institution forward."
Nicklow joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering in 1998. He became an associate professor in 2003 and was promoted to professor in 2007. He served as acting chair of the department from July through December 2005, and was interim associate dean of the engineering college from 2006 to 2007. He became permanent associate dean in 2007.
Nicklow earned his bachelor's and master's degrees, both in civil engineering, from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa., in 1993. He earned his doctorate in civil engineering from Arizona State University in 1998.
"I'm excited to be able to serve my institution this way," he said. "SIUC is very close to my heart and I have a passion for making sure we succeed. Yes, there are challenges. But we have some incredible talent at this University, some incredibly motivated, hard-working people. Together I know we can innovate to make sure we succeed as an institution. This is our University, and it is our home. I share Chancellor Cheng's focus on enhancing enrollment, the quality of our academic programs, and the branding and marketing of our university."
Codell Rodriguez of The Southern Illinoisan and Tom Woolf of SIUC University Communications provided the information for this report