What makes teaching and living at Woodberry Forest School special? Three things: Our people, our place, and our culture. Our student body is all-boarding, and more than 90 percent of faculty live on campus, creating an intimate, tight-knit community. We’re an all-boys school, focused on developing young men who are life-long learners with a strong moral character. One of the school’s defining characteristics is a nearly 120-year-old honor system that is entirely student run.
Our campus is set on 1,200 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is a place where we can focus on teaching and learning without distractions. Students, faculty, and faculty families take full advantage of our safe and beautiful campus, enjoying hiking and biking trails in the woods or the natural beauty of the Rapidan River, which borders our land.
Our culture is based on moral integrity, intellectual thoroughness, a reverence for things sacred, and good sportsmanship. We seek faculty who are passionate about and trained in their discipline – but who are equally committed to working with boys on stage, on the athletic fields, and on dorm. Living and learning at Woodberry doesn’t just take place inside our classrooms. View the faculty guidebook
Matthew C. Boesen is Woodberry’s dean of faculty. Before beginning that role in 2015, he was a member of the history department for fourteen years. He previously taught for three years at Phillips Exeter Academy. Matt earned an AB from Yale University and a MA and PhD from the University of Virginia. Please direct any questions about professional opportunities to Matt.
Byron C. Hulsey became the school’s ninth headmaster in 2014. He graduated from Woodberry in 1986 and was senior prefect. He was a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia and studied history. He taught for two years at Bryanston School, a boarding school in Blandford, England, before returning to his native Texas to earn MA and PhD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin as a Patterson-Banister Fellow in American History. Byron served on the Woodberry faculty from 1998 to 2000 as assistant director of college counseling and in the history department. He was assistant headmaster at Norfolk Academy and was head of school at Randolph School in Huntsville, Alabama for eight years before coming to Woodberry.