Today St Paul’s College announces that a building, part of the $70 million expansion of the College, is to be named after College alumnus Mr Stephen McMillan.
The McMillan Building contains Graduate House, a new residential academic community for women and men postgraduate students and academics of the University of Sydney in the heart of campus.
Mr McMillan was a student of the College from 1974 to 1979 and is Managing Director of Citta Property Group, a specialist real estate development company he founded in 2001.
The support of Mr McMillan was instrumental in enabling the construction of the project.
“Without Steve’s drive, vision, and commitment to collegiate education, Graduate House and the College’s expanded undergraduate community simply would not have happened,” the Warden of the College, Dr Don Markwell, said.
The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence AC, welcomed the naming of the McMillan Building.
“Stephen McMillan has been a force for good at St Paul’s. I am delighted that the College has honoured him by naming the McMillan Building in recognition of the energy and support he has bought to this project. Stephen’s contribution will have lasting impact for the students of St Paul’s,” the Vice-Chancellor said.
While at College, Mr McMillan was Senior Student (1977), the undergraduate student leader elected from the student body. He joined the College Council in 2006 and served until 2012.
At the University of Sydney, Mr McMillan studied a Bachelor of Science (Arch) (1976), Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) (1980), and a Bachelor of Economics (1981). He also completed a Master of Science at Stanford University in 1983.
The McMillan Building joins the Ivan Head Building, named for the Rev’d Dr Ivan Head, Warden of the College from 1994 to 2017. It was also completed as a part of the construction project.
The Ivan Head Building enables approximately 100 extra undergraduate students to join the College.
Together the buildings form a brand-new quadrangle in the College grounds. The official opening of both buildings on Sunday 3 March will be held in the new quad.
The buildings will be opened by the Chancellor of the University, Ms Belinda Hutchinson AM, and dedicated by the Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Rev’d Dr Glenn Davies.
The new buildings reflect the important partnership between the College and the University.
Underneath the two buildings is the St Paul’s Colonnade, over 2000m2 of brand-new teaching space, leased to the University which is being used for lectures, seminars, and tutorials for the wider University community. Classes in the Colonnade began this week.
The official opening on 3 March is also an opportunity to recognise the contribution of the many others who enabled the College to embark on this ambitious project. Hundreds of donations, large and small, will be recognised on the day.