Frank Stuart Gulley, Ph.D., became the seventh President of Woodward Academy on July 1, 2009. President Gulley came to Woodward Academy from LaGrange College, where he served as president for 13 years.
Dr. Gulley’s leadership has brought to Woodward a renewal of spirit in many ways—defining the Academy’s vision to become a national standard bearer in college-preparatory education and strengthening our bonds as a community. Hallmarks of his leadership style are commitments to openness and transparency, symbolized by the removal of ivy from the gate at Main Campus, and to recognizing the value of contributions from all members of the community.
Under his leadership, the Board of Governors approved a five-year Strategic Plan that encompasses recommendations from four Blue Ribbon Task Forces focused on Mission, Community, Sustainability and P.E./Athletics. Also, the Academy was twice named No. 1 in the large workplace category of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution feature, “Metro Atlanta’s Top 100 Workplaces,” based on results from an independent survey of employees, many of whom cited their confidence in Woodward’s leadership.
A native of Nashville, Tenn., President Gulley graduated from Vanderbilt University with the B.A. in Modern European History, cum laude, in 1983. Following his time at Vanderbilt, he attended Emory University's Candler School of Theology, from which he earned the Master of Divinity degree, magna cum laude, in 1986. He completed his Doctorate of Philosophy degree at Georgia State University in 1999, which he began while working full-time at Emory University. He is the author of a book, “The Academic President as Moral Leader: James T. Laney at Emory University, 1977-1993,” published by Mercer University Press in 2001.
President Gulley met his wife, Kathleen Crenshaw Gulley, when both were master’s degree candidates at the Candler School of Theology. They are the parents of two Woodward students, Andrew ’15 and Matthew ’17.