Master Lara McKay to depart Ormond College

Master Lara McKay will be leaving Ormond College after almost six years of outstanding service. 

Lara’s move is primarily motivated by her personal circumstances and considerations. Lara has accepted a new role as Vice President of Engagement at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), which presents a great career opportunity for Lara and facilitates her being closer to her ageing parents who reside near the Gold Coast.

In her time as Master, Lara’s vision and care for students cemented Ormond’s position as the leading College in the country. She successfully navigated the many challenges posed by the pandemic, created a visionary masterplan for our heritage campus, increased the diversity and inclusivity of our community, and equipped students to thrive and make their disproportionate impact in the world. 

Lara has graciously provided six months’ notice and a search for a new Master will now commence, with the goal of ensuring a smooth transition upon Lara’s departure at the end of the academic year. 

Reflecting on her time at Ormond Lara shared: “It has been an honour and a privilege to be the tenth Master of Ormond College and to work with and mentor some of the brightest young minds in the country. Ormond is a truly special place that plays an important role in developing our leaders of tomorrow and this is why it is such a hard place to leave. However, my decision is strongly motivated by a desire to return north and better support and spend time with my parents who have been such incredible supporters for my whole life.”

The College community extends their deepest gratitude to Lara for her dedicated service to Ormond College and commend her on this exciting new chapter. 


Richard Loveridge

Chair Ormond College Council



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