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Rufus Black is the vice-chancellor and president of the University of Tasmania. Previously, he was master of Melbourne University’s Ormond College, an enterprise professor in the Department of Management and Marketing, and a principal fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.

Rufus’s private sector experience includes nine years as a partner at McKinsey and Company, serving clients in Australia and Asia, and as a director for national law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth. His educational and social sector experience includes being the president of Museums Victoria, the deputy chancellor of Victoria University, the founding chair of the Board of Teach for Australia, a director of the New York based Teach for All and a director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.

He has also worked extensively for the government at federal and state levels. He conducted the Black Review into the Department of Defence and the prime minister’s Independent Review of the Australian Intelligence Community. He was the strategic advisor to the secretary of education in Victoria, and a board member of Innovation Science Australia. Rufus holds degrees in law, politics, economics, ethics and theology from the University of Melbourne and Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

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