The Mission of Woodberry Forest School
The purpose of the school is to develop in its students, under Christian principles, a high sense of honor andmoral integrity, a deep respect for sound scholarship, a full acceptance of responsibility, a love of excellence,and a will toward personal sacrifice in service to others. It is likewise its mission, based on these ideals, todevelop its students into leaders, to train its students toward a useful contribution to the democratic societyin which they live, and to give them thorough preparation for the best colleges and universities consistentwith their individual potentials.
The abiding concern of Woodberry Forest School is the personal growth of its students. To this end, theschool attempts to provide a broad experience with balanced emphasis on the academic, artistic, physical,and spiritual development of its students. In so doing, the school believes that well-conceived challenges,together with support and encouragement, will instill self-confidence and a striving for continuingexcellence throughout life. Woodberry Forest is committed to helping students become individuals whosesense of values and capacity to reason effectively will allow them to deal with important intellectual, ethical,and social problems and to lead rewarding private lives. In keeping with this objective, the faculty is moreconcerned with teaching students how to think than what to think.
As a community, the school fosters an atmosphere of civility and cooperation, urging its members to treat oneanother with the respect and consideration they hope to receive in return. The underpinning of that effortis the honor system, which is not so much a rigid code as it is a way of life that is fundamental to the decencyof the Woodberry Forest community. The school seeks to maintain a secure and healthy environment for itsstudents to go about the process of growing and learning, in the hope that every student will come to thinkof Woodberry Forest as a second home.
Board of Trustees
Sumner S. Finch ’75, Chair • Edward L. Baker ’96
Patrick F. Bassett • John R. Belk ’77 • Hope H. BryantWilliam K. Caler, Jr. ’ 63 • Thomas H. Claiborne ’83
Benjamin H. Davis ’89 • Damien R. Dwin ’93
Franklin S. Edmonds, Jr. ’87 • Nelson O. Fitts ’93
Ragan Folan • E. Hooper Hardison, Jr. ’79, ViceChair • William M. James ’80 • Robert E. Long ’75
Frederick R. Lummis II ’71 • Gary A. Mance ’74
Dorothy A. Matz • Geoffrey P. Sisk ’77 • RobertH. Spilman, Jr. ’74 • Giles Tucker ’85 • C. StewartVerdery, Jr. ’85
Sion A. Boney ’74 • Haynes G. Griffin ’65
Catherine and Frank Edwards ’88, Co-chairs
Rose Osamba and Fred Ambiso • Anne Faircloth andFred Beaujeu-Dufour • Cooper and Sam Bratton ’82
Kitty and William Bray ’85 • Kelli and Greg Crowley ’88
Frannie and Tom Fitzgerald • Barbara and Clark FitzHugh ’86 • Ben Matthews ’06 • Jill and JohnMoylan ’80 • Karen and Brandon Perry • Gaylen andRobert Reynolds • Liz and Walker Simmons • MaryLeslie and Richard Spencer ’84 • Jennifer and BoydSteinhoff ’04 • Nini and Jacob Tandberg • Diane andJoe Thomas ’81 • Krista and Paul Toms ’03 • Carolineand Bryan Vroon • Katharine and Ray Welder
The Vision for Woodberry Forest School
Since the school’s founding in 1889, Woodberry Forest has sought to develop young men of intellectualthoroughness and principled integrity equipped with the capacity and eagerness to serve as leaders, learners,and citizens. Consistent with the historical founding of the school on Christian principles, we aspire to instillin every boy a deep sense of empathy, an enduring self-confidence buttressed by genuine humility, and anenthusiastic pursuit of lifelong learning marked by curiosity and adaptability. Above all, we aim for everyboy to enjoy a meaningful life by nurturing his commitment to act upon moral beliefs and ethical values inservice to others.
Byron C. Hulsey ’86
DIRECTOR OF S TRATEGICCOMMUNICATIONS
Jacob H. D. Geiger ’05
DIRECTOR OF MARKE TING
Jennifer A. Dowling
ASSOCIATE DIREC TOR OF MARKETINGAND COMMUNICATIONS
Rachel K. Strahan EDITOR
ASSISTANT DIREC TOR OF MARKETINGAND COMMUNICATIONS
Tyler J. Campbell
Chris Conklin, Ashley Denison,Dana Hoeck
CONTRIBUTING WRI TERS
Richard Barnhardt ’66, Brent Cirves,Ryan Daniels ’ 20, Ashley Denison,Hughes Edwards ’ 20, Taft Gantt ’ 20,Cordelia Hogan ’ 17, Linda Hogan,Nick Reeder ’ 20, Luke Stone ’ 20
John Berry, Tyler Campbell, DodieChavez ’85, Carrie Coleman, JenFariello, Jacob Geiger ’05, LindaHogan, Nolan LaVoie, Len Mills,Ed Stone ’90, Coe Sweet, KalinScharnbeck
Woodberry Forest Magazine and Journal
is produced twice a year for alumni,parents, and friends of the school.
Woodberry Forest SchoolWoodberry Forest, Virginia 22989
Admission 888-798-9371woodberry.orgPlease direct magazine inquiriesto email@example.com orRachel Strahan: 540-672-6194
Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color,sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, andnational or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges,programs, and activities generally accorded ormade available to students at the school. It does notdiscriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnicorigin in the administration of its educational policies,admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs,and athletic or other school-administered programs.
This school is authorized under federal law to enrollnonimmigrant students.
Please recycle Dear Woodberry community,
We know this magazine arrives at your home during an unprecedented time. We made our plans for
this issue months ago, before anyone had fallen ill or died from COVID- 19. We wrote the articles in January
and early February as Woodberry’s rhythm and routine continued. But the magazine went to the printer in a
different world, one where we will be pursuing online education for the entire spring term.
There’s never been a spring like this at Woodberry. For 130 years, Woodberry students and faculty have livedand learned together. That has been disrupted by COVID- 19, and we don’t know when the regular rhythmof the school year will resume. We do know, however, that we will celebrate the class of 2020 with a full,on-campus graduation ceremony as soon as we are able to do so.
We hope this magazine finds you well, and we hope that as you read it and see what’s been happening oncampus so far this school year, you know that Woodberry is still here, and that all of us on campus arethinking of every student, parent, alumnus, and friend of this school.
With best wishes,Jacob Geiger ’05
Director of Strategic Communications