Rob Hershey



Upon retirement after 46 years in the independent school world, Rob Hershey established Hershey Leadership Consulting in which he focuses his work with schools on governance, executive coaching, and strategic planning. He graduated from Williams College where he was an economics major and earned his Masters of Education degree from the University of Virginia in 1975. He was granted an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 2014 and an honorary doctorate in Civil Law from Sewanee, University of the South in 2015.

Immediately following graduation from Williams, Rob began his independent school teaching career as a teacher of history and economics, and varsity basketball coach, at Woodberry Forest School (VA). During his tenure there (1970-78), he served successively as Director of Student Life, Director of Admissions, Assistant Headmaster, and Associate Headmaster. In 1978 he was appointed Headmaster of Durham Academy (NC). He resigned his position at Durham Academy in 1988 to accept the appointment of Headmaster/President of his alma mater The Collegiate School (VA) where he served until 1998. He was appointed Headmaster of Episcopal High School (VA) in 1998 and upon his retirement in 2016, completed his tenure of 38 years of headmastering.

Rob also established a career of professional leadership in the independent school world, having served as Chair/President of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS), and the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS). He has also served on the boards of The Headmasters Association; the Center for the Study of Boys and Girls Lives; the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW); School Year Abroad; the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB); the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Virginia Secondary Committee; and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Independent Schools Committee.

In addition to his professional involvements, Rob has been involved in a number of civic organizations in community service, arts, sports, and child advocacy. He is married to the former Kathleen Tillery Barco, and they have three grown children and five grandchildren.