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Carson Dron's incumbency was remarkable not only for its duration, but far more for the quality, character and variety of the changes and achievements of the college under his leadership. The length of time alone ensured major changes and developments, but those changes did not simply evolve as society and educational practice changed. At St Peters they were far more extensive, and were driven by the passion, the vision, the initiative and the energy of its leader, Carson Dron.

He set an example in his own learning by voluminous reading and study, firstly by post-graduate study in the USA prior to taking up his appointment and culminating in two years of leave to complete a doctorate in the USA.

When he took the reins of St Peters the college had only recently emerged from its early reputation as an ethnically based school of a small Christian denomination, but was rapidly developing a reputation for academic excellence. Carson left St Peters in 1994 as one of Queensland’s leading schools with a history of innovation, leadership and outstanding achievement in academics, music, sport and technology. In September 2018 the College Council acknowledged the vast contribution of Carson and Lois Dron by the naming of the Dron Auditorium in the Performing Arts Centre. 

Many of those innovations have survived as the hallmarks of the St Peters of today. Some were responses to temporary needs and lapsed when the need abated. A few were experiments which did not survive. Experimentation calls for courage and strength, and Carson provided them in rich measure. 

No leader succeeds without loyal and skilled followers and adherents. Hundreds of teachers and support staff have served St Peters under Carson’s leadership and have turned his vision into a shining reality. Without wise selection of staff the vision would have failed. David Woodrow led St Peters into national leadership in the early application of computer technology in education and the establishment of the first Middle School in Queensland; Maurice Fielke led a team which created the great Ironbark Outdoor Education experience; Wendy Roehrs brought a fresh approach to the new Junior School; Graeme Morton took choral music to new heights on the national and international stage. The list of programs and names is far too long to go on. But behind and around those leaders were hundreds of others who worked tirelessly and often sacrificially to provide the best possible educational experiences for the students. 

Among the many new facilities constructed to support the educational advances were the Langer Library, Lohe House, Schneider Block, and the Chandler Visual Arts Centre. A staged external renovation of Ross Roy was undertaken.

They were not all heady days. Much was routine and mundane. At times there was disagreement, conflict, disappointment and failure. But in the end there was always progress.