The President and Deputy President are elected from the members of the Board. The role of the President is a full-time appointment, while the Deputy President role is a half-time appointment.

The President acts as the executive officer of the Board, and chairs the Academic Board and most Board Committees. The President remains informed of the workings of the academic staff and other related sections of the University.  Section 7 of PPL 1.30.03 Academic Board are in relation to the President and the Deputy President. 

The Deputy President assists the President and carries out functions on behalf of the President, as determined by the Board or President.  Should the President be unable to act, the Deputy President may discharge all functions of the President.


 Peter AdamsPresident

Professor Peter Adams

BSc(Hons), BComm, PhD

Peter is a Professor of Mathematics, with research expertise in computational combinatorial design theory. He was Deputy President of the Academic Board (2015 – 2017),  Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Science (2009 – 2017), and was Deputy Head of the School of Physical Sciences prior to that. Peter is an Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow, was awarded the Kirkman Medal from the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, and has been awarded both a UQ Teaching Excellence award and a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award.


Deputy President

Professor Craig E. Franklin

BSc (Hons), PhD, University of Canterbury

Professor Craig Franklin is Deputy Head of the School of Biological Sciences and Professor in Zoology at The University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane, Australia.  He has been a member of academic staff at UQ since 1995.  Prior to that he was a research fellow at The University of St Andrews, Scotland, and undertook his Ph.D. at The University of Canterbury, N.Z.

Throughout his academic career he has been awarded a number of awards/prizes including being appointed as an Australian Professorial Fellow by the Australian Research Council; receiving an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Göteborg, Sweden; and receiving the President’s Medal from the Society for Experimental Biology, UK.  Craig has also been recognised for his contributions to teaching and learning, including being awarded a University of Queensland Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and was twice a finalist in the Australian Awards for University Teaching for 1st year biology teaching.   

Craig serves on a number of external professional bodies, committees and editorial boards.  He is currently President of the Society of Experimental Biology, a handling editor for the Journal of Experimental Biology since 2010, and an associate editor for Conservation Physiology and for Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. His motivation for serving in these various roles is one of giving back, supporting and building his scientific discipline and community, and especially providing pathways for early career researchers.