top of page

Square Pegs is thrilled that Professor Rufus Black, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania is our Patron. 

Rufus' personal and professional experience and significant achievements are an inspiration. Importantly, Rufus has dyslexia and understands the challenges faced by children and families. We look forward to building our partnership with Rufus to strengthen our voice as we advocate for positive change for children with dyslexia

Prior to his appointment at the University of Tasmania, Rufus was Master of Melbourne University’s Ormond College and 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’ 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 the Teach for Australia Board, a Director of the New York based Teach for All and a Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.


Rufus has worked extensively for government at Federal and State levels. He was a Board Member of Innovation Science Australia, conducted the Black Review into the Department of Defence and the Prime Minister’s Independent Review of the Australian Intelligence Community and was the Strategic Advisor to the Secretary of Education in Victoria. 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.

bottom of page