Welcoming the new Dean of Students

Following the recruitment and selection process involving the Board Deputy Chair, Deputy Principal, Students’ Association President (2019) and myself, I am pleased to announce that Ms Krishna Stanton has been appointed as the Dean of Students of Cromwell College. She was the unanimous choice of the selection panel.

Krishna will make an outstanding contribution to the welfare of students at Cromwell, and will be a perfect fit for the unique soft culture that is Cromwell. I know that our students, parents and staff will warm to her very quickly. Krishna will join Michael, Jason and I as the senior management team.

Krishna’s most recent role has been Deputy Principal at the Women’s College within the University of Queensland. Prior to this she spent eight years teaching boys at Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie).

Krishna is an experienced exemplar in the area of ‘on the ground’ pastoral care of both male and female students. Krishna is more than a theorist. She is a practical, hands-on person with the communication / people skills, resources and professional connections to build meaningful relationships with students and tangibly assist them.

Her referees at Churchie and The Women’s College all speak of her consistent successes in these important areas, and the high respect and esteem in which she is held by students, parents and colleagues throughout her varied career.

Comments such as “the girls were devastated with losing her’’, “she has set the bar so high for the next person”, and “the overwhelming number of unsolicited positive testimonials from parents and students when she left are a credit to her” speak volumes.

Both within and outside her work environment, Krishna is a quietly spoken, modest and most humble person who reluctantly speaks of her achievements. She is an outstanding role model to young people through her own achievements, sometimes accomplished in the face of adversity.

Krishna represented Australia at the Olympic Games (Barcelona 1992) in the 3000m event. She won the Silver Medal for Australia in the Marathon at the Manchester Commonwealth Games (2002). In that same event, Australia also won the Gold and Bronze medals. Three Australians standing shoulder to shoulder on the winners’ podium for the one event is yet to be repeated in Commonwealth Games history.

Krishna is a very strong advocate for community fundraising, service and support programs for others. Her two Commonwealth Games podium partners from 2002 have both lost their lives (one to cancer and the other to mental health issues) and she has very strong empathy, resources and connections for those in need of support.

Krishna is married to Robin who is an Engineer. Krishna’s son Zach (22) is a keen and talented AFL player, and is an apprentice carpenter. Krishna, Robin and Zach will live in Campus Lodge. They are all looking forward very much to being fully involved in the lives of the Cromwell students, and our community generally.

Krishna is very keen to meet the Cromwell community, and attended a dinner in the dining room for students come up and say hello and to meet her. Krishna and Robin will join the Board, Staff and partners in December for an end of year dinner.

We will all of course officially welcome Krishna, Robin and Zach to the Cromwell community, along with another capacity fresher intake, in the new year.

Ross Switzer