• arts & culture

26 May 2016

Ethicist, educator, strategic advisor and Master of Melbourne University's Ormond College, Dr Rufus Black has been named as the new President of the Museums Board of Victoria, the body responsible for Melbourne Museum, IMAX, Melbourne Planetarium and Scienceworks, Immigration Museum, and the Royal Exhibition Building.

Dr Black's extensive career history includes high level strategic experience in the private, public and social sectors. Before his current role at Ormond, Dr Black spent nine years at McKinsey & Company where he was a partner serving clients in Australia and Asia. He continues his commercial interests as a Director of law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Dr Black has led major government reviews and been a strategic advisor on a wide range of public policy issues from education and healthcare to defence and national security.

His social and educational sector experience includes being the Deputy Chancellor of Victoria University, the founding Chair of the Board of the Teach for Australia Board and a Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. Most recently, Dr Black lead the creation of the Wade Institute for Entrepreneurship.

Dr Black is a Principal Fellow in both the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne. He holds degrees in law, politics, economics, ethics and theology from the University of Melbourne and Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

He takes on the post from Professor Margaret Gardner AO who has led the Museums Board since 2008.

Dr Black will commence his three year term in July.