The University of Wollongong (UOW) has appointed former La Trobe university Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar AO as its Interim Vice-Chancellor and President.

Professor John Dewar AO

Interim Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Wollongong

Professor John Dewar AO was appointed as the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) Interim Vice-Chancellor and President in June 2024

Professor Dewar is well placed to take up the interim Vice-Chancellor and President role, having served 12 years as the Vice-Chancellor at La Trobe University.

Professor Dewar brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in higher education, having held leadership positions at Griffith University and the University of Melbourne (as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Global Relations) and Provost), before taking up the position of Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University; a position he held from January 2012 to January 2024.

Professor Dewar is an internationally-known family law specialist and researcher. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he was also a Fellow of Hertford College from 1990-1995. He taught at Lancaster University and the University of Warwick in the UK, and worked for the London law firms Allen & Overy and Farrer & Co.

Professor Dewar was Chair of Universities Australia from 2021-3. He is also a partner at KordaMentha in their performance improvement team.

Professor Dewar has a deep understanding of the challenges facing the tertiary education sector. He is pivotal in keeping UOW moving forward and he will be an invaluable addition to UOWs leadership team.

Support staff contact:

Jordan Matthews
Chief of Staff
Ph: +61 2 4221 3110

Stacey Thomas
Senior Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor
Ph: +61 2 4221 3909


The Vice-Chancellor’s Unit
Building 36
University of Wollongong
NSW, 2522, Australia.