The Woodberry Podcast

by Woodberry Forest School

Hosted by Headmaster Byron Hulsey ’86, the Woodberry Podcast consists of informal yet substantive conversations with WFS alumni, faculty, friends, and students. The conversations explore how Woodberry’s core values allowed alumni to build a solid foundation; how those core values are taught today by Woodberry teachers; and how those values are put into practice by today’s students.

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Episode 14 · Brad Wilcox

    Episode 14 · Brad Wilcox

    via Brad Wilcox is Professor of Sociology and Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Future of Freedom Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, and a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. The author of Get Married: Why Americans Should Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families and Save Civilization (Harper Collins, 2024), Wilcox studies marriage, fatherhood, and the impact of strong and stable families on men, women, and children. Professor Wilcox is the author and coauthor of six books and has written for scientific journals such as The American Sociological Review and The Journal of Marriage and Family, as well as popular outlets like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, and National Review. With Nicholas H. Wolfinger, Wilcox is the co-author of Soul Mates: Religion, Sex, Love, and Marriage Among African Americans and Latinos (Oxford, 2016), which shines a spotlight on the lives of strong and happy minority couples. He is also the coauthor of Gender and Parenthood: Biological and Social Scientific Perspectives (Columbia, 2013) with Kathleen Kovner Kline. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, National Review Online, NPR, NBC’s The Today Show, and many other media outlets. Wilcox consults regularly with companies such as Nestle, Procter & Gamble, and Kimberly-Clark on fertility and marriage trends in the United States. As an undergraduate, Wilcox was a Jefferson Scholar at the University of Virginia (’92) and later earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Prior to coming to the University of Virginia, he held research fellowships at Princeton University, Yale University, and the Brookings Institution.

  • Episode 13 · Gray Robertson ’16

    Episode 13 · Gray Robertson ’16

    On the newest episode of the Woodberry Podcast, Headmaster Byron Hulsey ’86 visits with Gray Robertson ’16. Growing up, Gray attended multiple SEC championships, SEC men’s basketball tournaments, Final Fours, and national championship games. Going to those events spawned his love for sports broadcasting and gave him a chance to meet most of his announcing heroes. As one of the founding members of WFSPN, Gray was able to pursue his love of broadcasting during his time at Woodberry. He graduated from the University of Alabama in May 2020 and currently does work for Crimson Tide Sports Network, SEC Network+, 90.7 WVUA FM, and Crimson Tide Productions.

  • Episode 12 · Debra P. Wilson

    Episode 12 · Debra P. Wilson

    In August 2023, Debra P. Wilson began her tenure as the ninth president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). From 2019 until 2023, Wilson served as president of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), where she led the organization through a period of growth and supported school leaders in her region through the COVID-19 pandemic. Her SAIS role followed 19 years at NAIS, first as assistant director of regulatory affairs and later as general counsel. In that capacity, she oversaw regulatory and advocacy work for the organization, supported schools in crises, advanced best practices in governance, and created dozens of legal advisories along with other informational resources. Before joining the NAIS staff, Debra was a tax litigator at the Department of Justice.  In addition to serving on the boards of several schools, Debra’s board service includes The Enrollment Management Association (EMA), the Council for American Private Education (CAPE), International Council Advancing Independent School Accreditation (ICAISA), and serving on the advisory board of National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP), a division of Close Up. Speaking frequently on topics such as leadership and governance, school safety and risk, and community health and well-being, Wilson is also co-author of the NAIS Trustee Handbook (10th and 11th editions).  Wilson received a B.A. in English from Sewanee: The University of the South and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She is a graduate of the Williams School, an independent school located on the campus of Connecticut College. She is an avid reader, photographer, and cook who loves to be outdoors.

  • Episode 11 · Mr. Tracey Nibblins

    Episode 11 · Mr. Tracey Nibblins

    Tracey Nibblins has been a member of the WFS Faculty since 1999. He was born and raised in neighboring Culpeper, VA., and oversees the Leonard W. Dick Gymnasium housekeeping and equipment staff.

  • Episode 10 · Ms. Abbie Mills

    Episode 10 · Ms. Abbie Mills

    Abbie Mills is the assistant headmaster for academic affairs. She most recently taught engineering and the ECLIPSE program and coached JV football and developmental track. She came to Woodberry in 2016 after a career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center where she was a senior project engineer and project manager specializing in fuel cell systems. Ms. Mills holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University.