Ronald Day

Teacher-not-practitioner call career defining

Friday, August 23, 2019
Alumnus cited for academic service to accounting profession

A call from a high school mentor started Ronald Day thinking about Avondale. Encouragement from Hawthorn Adventist High School friends who were already attending and the availability of government-funded support confirmed his decision to enrol. “I liked the idea of teaching rather than practicing accounting.” He also liked the semi-independence to “determine my life direction.”

That became clearer after graduation, with Ron beginning his teaching career at Carmel College in Western Australia before a return—this time as lecturer—to the Business Studies Department at Avondale. A 13-year tenure in the business school at The University of Newcastle followed. Ron would move into postgraduate accounting roles as a lecturer at Macquarie University and, since 2007, as a senior lecturer at The University of Sydney. He managed the accreditation of programs with the peak professional accounting bodies (CPA Australia, CA ANZ and ACCA) at both institutions.

Ron is a recipient of a Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Education award from Macquarie, a Fellow of CPA Australia and a recipient of its New South Wales President’s Award for Excellence.

Happiness, hard work, honesty and collegiality are important to Ron, who also values taking an interest in the success of his students. Travel is a hobby, as is cycling and walking. One of life’s most memorable experiences? Completing his first ultramarathon along the Six Foot Track from Katoomba to Jenolan Caves.

The class of 1979 honours Ronald Day for his professional excellence.


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Rachel Humphries

Rachel Humphries is Assistant Public Relations Officer at Avondale College of Higher Education.

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