The Quincy Sun: Walter Hubley Appointed Headmaster at Woodward

The Quincy Sun – Vol. 48 No.52 – Thursday September 15, 2016

Walter Hubley, a lifelong Quincy resident, has been appointed Headmaster of the Woodward School in Quincy.  Hubley is the thirteenth Headmaster of the school that is beginning its 122nd academic year this fall.  The Woodward School first opened its doors in 1894. Founded in 1869 by President John Adams' cousin and family doctor, Ebenezer Woodward and his wife, Mary Greenleaf Woodward, The Woodward School is an independent college preparatory school for girls in grades 6 through 12.  

Hubley's professional experience spans 28 years, working for major communications companies such as Continental Cablevision, as well as three software startup companies through Pilot House Ventures in Boston. His work includes organizational leadership, software development, product management, and business development. 

Hubley has a BS in Business Administration, a Certificate in Leadership and Management from MIT Sloan School of Management, and leadership training with Thayer Leadership Development Group at West Point.

"I am honored to join The Woodward School, a historic institution that has bridged three centuries by remaining true to its founding mission of educating talented and hardworking young women to thrive in college and beyond as engaged citizens and leaders" said Hubley. "Our strong classical curriculum serves as the foundation upon which the School will continue to excel and I am thrilled to lead the School."

Hubley will draw from his leadership experience, technology background, and passion for the arts to lead Woodward into the future. “Woodward embraces the convergence of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and the Arts - a convergence known as STEAM. Making cross-curricular connections throughout our programs creates a powerful approach to teaching,” Hubley continues. “We will continue investing in the arts and introduce more advanced computer science classes, critical for advancement in today's globally competitive economy.  At Woodward, it’s full STEAM ahead."

"Walter cares deeply about the future of our City and its young people, dedicating his time and talent to a wide range of community issues over the years. His passion for Quincy, and for The Woodward School's place in it, will serve the school community tremendously well. I very much looking forward to working with him." said Mayor Thomas Koch.

Recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Quincy Community Action Programs (QCAP), Hubley is dedicated to community service. He is the Co-Founder and President of the Wollaston Hill Neighborhood Association, which spearheaded the recent Community Preservation Act (CPA) project at Safford Park on Beale Street, which was managed by the City of Quincy Parks & Forestry Department. He is a former foster parent and long time volunteer foster care case reviewer for the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and a member of the Sons of the American Legion in honor of his father, Edgar, who served in WWII and the Korean War.  

This past summer, Hubley partnered with Councilor Ian Cain and Discover Quincy to organize the first annual PorchFest Quincy, a music festival featuring 70 performances at over 40 locations. Thousands of people from across the South Shore enjoyed music from all genres hosted on neighborhood porches in the Wollaston and Squantum neighborhoods in this free music festival that engaged the community while celebrating local artists.  

Hubley lives on Wollaston Hill in Quincy with his wife Kathryn, and their two children, Victoria and Nathan. His daughter Victoria is a 2016 graduate of Woodward and has begun her first year of studies at Lesley University. His son Nathan is a freshman at North Quincy High School.