Headmaster's Study

- Z. Vance Wilson, Each Spring, to Every Senior Class

“I am and always will be your headmaster.”
Mr. Vance Wilson has served as the seventh headmaster of St. Albans School since July 1999.

Born in North Carolina, on August 8, 1950, and raised in Tampa, Fla., he attended Berkeley Preparatory School and earned his B.A. in English from Yale University, where he played varsity basketball and was nominated for a Rhodes Scholarship. He went on to earn a diploma in Anglo-Irish literature from Trinity College, University of Dublin, and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia.

He began his teaching career in 1974 at the Lovett School in Atlanta, where he was quickly promoted to head of the Upper School; subsequently, he has worked as a teacher and administrator at Asheville School in Asheville, N.C, Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Del., and Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, where he was the associate head. He also taught English at Madison Area Technical College.

Mr. Wilson recently served as president of the International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC) and is a former member of the governing board of Roxbury Latin School. He also belongs to the Headmasters’ Association and the Country Day Heads Association.

Mr. Wilson has pursued a second career as a writer: he has co-authored two books on curriculum issues and an account of integration in Southern private schools. In 1986 he published a novel, The Quick and the Dead. Continuing a tradition started by Headmaster Lucas and carried on by Canon Martin, who published his Letters from a Headmaster’s Study in 1961, Mr. Wilson frequently writes letters and speaks to the community about school life, education, and the lives of boys. Several of these writings were published in 2017 in Each Day: A Veteran Educator's Guide to Raising Children.

Mr. Wilson has two children: Evan, who graduated from St. Albans in 2003, Yale University in 2007, Cambridge University in 2008, and received his D.Phil., from Oxford University in 2015, served as a scholar at Greenwich Naval Museum in Greenwich, U.K, and now serves as Associate Director of International Security Studies at Yale University. Emily, who graduated from National Cathedral School in 2005 and the University of Michigan in 2009 and received her M.A. from Harvard's School of Education in 2014, is a school counselor at the John F. Kennedy School in Somerville, Mass.

Recent Speeches and Letters

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    Vance Wilson

    Headmaster Vance Wilson delivered this homily at the last chapel service for the Class of 2018 on May 24, 2018.

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Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.