Long-time serving Australian Adventist education leader announces retirement

Dr Daryl Murdoch.

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National Director of Adventist Schools Australia (ASA) Dr Daryl Murdoch has announced his retirement at the end of the year, after 13 years in the role and 47 years of denominational employment—46 of those in Adventist education. 

“It has been a privilege serving the Church as the leader of Adventist education in Australia. It is an honour I have never taken for granted,” said Dr Murdoch.

Under Dr Murdoch’s leadership, there has been a strong partnership between ASA, school companies, and schools, increased professionalism, and substantial enrolment growth in Adventist schools across Australia. 

“Daryl has been an incredible leader. It has been my honour to stand beside him for the past 4 years,” said Jacques Calais, Associate National Director (Identity and Culture) ASA. “He has used his wisdom and influence to unite Adventist education, but beyond the professional advancements under Daryl’s leadership, I think his legacy will be his heart for people. He truly cares for his people. His humble leadership has always had a wonderful capacity to uplift people. He will be greatly missed.” 

ASA associate national director (Quality Assurance) Dr Jean Carter also spoke highly of Dr Murdoch, saying, “Daryl is a visionary and very driven to achieve the goals and strategic direction that, as a collective, we all agreed on. He has improved and professionalised the system.”

“We are sad to see Daryl retire and leave Adventist Schools Australia,” said Australian Union Conference president Pastor Terry Johnson.

“He has transformed this vital ministry of the Church and made Adventist schools in Australia world leaders in curriculum and in how they operate to continually improve on what they are doing.”

“He will be greatly missed as an integral part of the leadership team at the Union, but we pray that he will enjoy retirement after these many years of service through leadership,” added Pastor Johnson. 

If you would like to send your words of affirmation to Daryl, please forward your letter or short (30sec max) video to bronwynrowe@adventist.org.au by Friday, August 12.

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