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Professor Scott Bowman

Vice-Chancellor and President

Board Member

Professor Bowman began his professional life as a radiographer. Along with his professional qualifications in this area, he also holds Masters Degrees in Politics and Business Administration and a PhD in clinical decision making. Since moving to Australia he has held senior positions at Charles Sturt University, the University of South Australia and James Cook University. In August 2009 he was appointed the Vice-Chancellor and President of CQUniversity Australia. In this position he has led an ambitious program of renewal with the aim to make CQUniversity Australia’s most engaged University. Under his leadership CQUniversity is now ranked among the top 2% of universities worldwide, and has the most extensive geographical footprint of any university in the country with more than 20 physical delivery sites across mainland Australia. 

Professor Bowman also led CQUniversity through the successful 2014 merger with Central Queensland TAFE, making education history in Queensland, and together more than 175 years combined experience in the delivery of education and training, and establishing Queensland’s first truly comprehensive university.

Professor Bowman’s leadership has also established CQUniversity as a renowned research institution in several key research areas. What’s more CQUniversity is proud to be one of the Country’s most inclusive university with one of the highest numbers of students from disadvantaged backgrounds including first-in-family, Indigenous and rural and remote students. 

Professor Bowman’s deep commitment to engagement and social outreach has established CQUniversity as Australia's most engaged university thanks to partnerships with communities, industry and government, both in Australia and overseas. 

Under Professor Bowman’s leadership, CQUniversity’s unique vision, diversity, outreach, engagement, research, learning and teaching, and inclusiveness have led to it being recognised among the world’s top 500 universities by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. CQUniversity is also recognised as one of the world’s best ‘young’ universities, featuring in the top 100 rankings of both the Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings assessments of universities under 50 years old. 

CQUniversity is the only Australian university to be recognised as an accredited Changemaker campus by global social innovation group Ashoka U. Professor Bowman has a strong vision for social innovation at CQUniversity and is committed to ensuring principles of social innovation become embedded in the university’s culture and curriculum.