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Wayne Erickson to remain Principal until 2020

August 30, 2014

St Andrew’s College pleased to confirm that Wayne Erickson will continue in his role as Principal of St Andrew’s College until March 2020.

Wayne joined St Andrew’s in March 2004 as Secretary to the Council and Manager, after many years in various roles with Australian Rugby.  He was the General Manager of Operations during the advent of professionalism in 1995 and jumped at the offer to become world rugby’s first full time professional referee.

From 1994 until his retirement at the end of the 2002 season, he refereed over 150 first class matches, including 27 internationals and 40 Super 12 matches.  He represented Australia at the Rugby World Cup tournaments in 1995 and 1999, and was part of the Wallabies management team during the 2003 tournament in Australia. He is the Chairman of Australian Rugby’s National Referee Selection Committee, and has recently been elected to the International Rugby Board’s Women’s Referees Selection Committee.

In a former life he taught at The Scots College in Sydney where he was a member of the College Executive and the Housemaster of Deane House.

Wayne became the 12th Principal of St Andrew’s in March 2008.  He was greatly honoured to accept the appointment, and remains incredibly excited by the challenge of leading the College during this chapter of the story of this noble place.

Within the wider University community, he is the Secretary of the Heads of Colleges, and a member of the USYD Student Accommodation project control group, providing a collegiate insight to the University’s attempts to expand the number of residential places on campus.

He has a passionate interest in the music of the Enlightenment, and particularly in the contributions of Mozart to the operatic art form, although his daughter’s preference for Puccini prompts an occasional outbreak of hostilities.

He played cricket until his 50th birthday, for the Old Men of Briars, but has now sadly hung up the thigh pad in favour of a skipper’s hat and 65 year-old Norwegian princess called “Serenity” (it’s a Halvorsen cruiser; a classic piece of Australia’s maritime history). He still enjoys telling audiences of anyone who’ll listen about the delights of touring the world penalising people.

Wayne is married to Debra, has one daughter, Whitney, and two grandchildren, the beautiful Allegra and Lilja.

St Andrew’s College looks forward to the coming years with Principal Wayne Erickson.

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