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The Educator has released its Rising Stars 2018 list, which features up-and-coming educational leaders under the age of 35 as nominated by its readers.

The Educator, Australia’s only magazine and news website for the most senior educational professionals and decision makers, asked its readership to nominate colleagues for their expertise, strength of character, willingness to innovate, passion and vision. The Scots College’s Director of Research and Professional Learning, Dr Hugh Chilton, is one of the 30 inspiring educators on the list. 

Dr Chilton has been with The Scots College since 2014. Alongside his passion for teaching boys in Modern History and Christian Studies, he leads the cultivation of research-informed practice and professional growth within the College and in partnership with leading schools, industries and universities around the world. He has hosted renowned academics such as MIT nuclear physicist Professor Ian Hutchinson and leading educator Professor Yong Zhao, especially through launching the ScotsIdeas and Clark Distinguished Professorial Fellowship programs. He has led teams in designing several new professional learning programs, including The Scots College Leadership Program and customised degree pathways with The University of Newcastle. A colleague describes him as “highly revered amongst students and teachers alike for his intellect, integrity, passion and commitment to student formation”.

Beyond the College, Dr Chilton serves as a member of the Research Committee of the International Boys’ Schools Coalition (IBSC), helping to shape better teaching and learning around the world. He has presented at and designed IBSC conferences and visited a number of leading partner boys’ schools. Dr Chilton is also a Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Education at The University of Newcastle and an early career researcher in the fields of intellectual, cultural and religious history. He is Vice President of the Evangelical History Association and has given a number of conference presentations, include the Charles Perry Lecture at Ridley College, Melbourne. Before coming to Scots, Dr Chilton was a Tutor in Modern History at The University of Sydney, where he was awarded a PhD in 2015. His first book is Evangelicals and the End of Christendom: Religion, Australia and the Crises of the 1960s (Routledge, 2018).

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William Elder


Mr Alan Elder was born in Scotland and migrated to Australia with his parents at a young age. He attended The Scots College for all his schooling, graduating in 1944. He played 1st XI Cricket and was a member of the College Cadet Unit. After leaving school Mr Elder studied accountancy and retained a life-long love of the College, especially the Pipes and Drums. Mr Elder never married, however the significant bequest he left will allow his Scots family to remember him through the Lang Walker Business Centre.