A photographic portrait of Ant Baillieu was unveiled, and it was announced that the new 30-bed accommodation will be known as The Baillieu Wing, at a function to celebrate Ant Baillieu’s 30 years with the College Foundation and 27 years as Chair.
Marcus Oldham College Council Chair Rob McGavin made the announcement to a gathering of Foundation and Council members, longstanding College supporters and a surprised Ant and Sybil Baillieu, who were joined by their children and grandchildren.
He said that Mr Baillieu announced his retirement as Foundation Chair at the Cocktail Party.
Mr McGavin said “Ant loves the College and has never sought accolades”, adding there was a blank wall at accommodation entrance suitable for some artwork, before Principal Andrew Baker and new Foundation Chair James Bufton unveiled the portrait of Mr Baillieu.
Mr McGavin also thanked Sybil Baillieu, who has played an integral role in the work of the Foundation, actively involved in the fundraising and functions over the 30 years.
He then invited guests to tour the College, particularly the Learning Centre and The Baillieu Wing: “to see first-hand the impact Ant Baillieu has had, leading the Foundation and raising $17 million for the College; remarkable given our size”.
Antony Baillieu graduated with a Diploma in Farm Management in 1971. He is a Marcus Oldham Senior Fellow and Oldham Society member and was recognised in 2010 with an Honorary Degree, Bachelor of Business (Farm Management).