Welcoming Dr Areti Metuamate

Ormond College is delighted to announce that Dr Areti Metuamate has been appointed as our new Vice Master.

Areti, known informally as Ari, joins us from St John’s College within the University of Queensland and comes with more than 10 years’ experience in college leadership roles, including at St Mark’s College in Adelaide, St Albert’s College in Armidale and Toad Hall at ANU. Ari also has experience in Indigenous and education policy and governance in both Australia and New Zealand.

Ari obtained a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from the Victoria University of Wellington, a Masters in Strategic & Defence Studies and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Pacific Studies, both from ANU.

Ari is a very warm, articulate and genuine person who cares about building relationships, especially with students. Ari said:

“I am excited to join the Ormond community to support the fine work being done by a highly respected team of staff. I am committed to being an advocate for each and every Ormondian, and to promoting a culture of safety, inclusion, and respect for all. College life is something I’m really passionate about, having attended college myself for four amazing years, making lifelong friends who are like family to me now. I can’t think of a more interesting and meaningful space I’d like to work at this stage of my career than in a college – I see it as a real privilege to be able to work with talented and bright students who want to make a positive and lasting contribution to their communities, and to society as a whole”.

Areti will commence in the role from February 10 just in time to welcome a new cohort of Ormondians and meet our returning students. Ari will be joined on campus by his wife, Dr Jessa Rogers, a leading Aboriginal educationalist, artist, and board director, and their sons Fox (10) and Iluka (2). 

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