Meet the Master

Ormond has a great tradition of preparing people from all walks of life to make a disproportionate difference in the world.

In the 21st century, that mission is more important than ever as the world faces an extraordinary set of challenges – from solving climate issues, and closing national and international poverty gaps – to creating humane cities and improving people’s well-being.

Our student life provides abundant opportunities for students to lead, whether in drama, sport, community service or organising social events. We also believe that learning to live well in a community of more than 500 people is an education in itself!

Our academic program not only supports the work students undertake at the University but increasingly provides people with an opportunity to learn about, and personally engage in, the tackling of global challenges.

What underpins all we do at Ormond are our values of Learning, Community, Diversity, Integrity and Heritage.

While what we do is serious, Ormond is also a terrifically fun and vibrant community, where people make friends and create memories that they will cherish for life.

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– Master Rufus Black


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Professor Black is Master of Ormond College, President of Museums Victoria and Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University. He is also the co-founder of the new Wade Institute for Entrepreneurship and a Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute where he has been involved for over 20 years.

He brings together extensive private, public and social sectors experience at both management and governance levels.

His private sector experience includes 9 years at McKinsey & Company where he was a partner serving clients in Australia and Asia. He played leadership roles in the firm’s Asia-Pacific Organisational Practice and Australia Public Sector Practice. He continues his commercial interests as a director of law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Professor Black’s public policy work has included working with Hospital and Healthcare Reform Commissions in 2009, leading the Accountability and Governance Review of the Department of Defence (The Black Review) in 2010 and the Prime Minister’s Independent Review of the Australian Intelligence Community in 2011.

He was the Strategic Advisor to the Secretary for Education in Victoria from 2012 to 2014. He is a Director of Innovation Science Australia, which advises government on innovation and science policy.

His social sector experience includes chairing the Teach for Australia Board and he is a Director Emeritus of the New York based Teach for All.

Professor Black is an Enterprise Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing in the Faculty of Business and Economics and Principal Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. He teaches in the University of Melbourne’s new Master of Entrepreneurship degree.

He holds degrees in law and politics from the University of Melbourne and degrees in moral theology from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

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