Board of Advisors
Sheila Culbert is Loomis Chafee’s seventh head of school and president of The Loomis Institute.
Having grown up in a family of nine and attended boarding school in Belgium, Sheila has always loved the hustle and bustle of communal living and learning.
A civil war historian, an ardent gardener, and an avid reader, Sheila is passionate about education and the importance of developing in students a love of learning and an acceptance of the responsibilities that come with privilege. She loves teaching and being with young people.
Sheila received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and came to the United States, with her husband Richard Wright, for graduate work at Indiana University. With Ph.D.s in hand, Sheila and Richard moved to the northeast — Sheila to teach at Phillips Exeter Academy and Richard to a faculty position in the Geography Department at Dartmouth College.
After six years at Exeter, where she taught, lived in a dormitory, and coached sports, Sheila moved to Dartmouth where she taught history and worked in the administration. Prior to coming to Loomis, she served as the chief of staff to the president of the college and as the interim vice president for Communications. Throughout her time at Dartmouth, Sheila taught in the History Department where she developed the course on the American Civil War, which she now teaches to Loomis Chaffee seniors.
Sheila’s husband Richard is the Orvil E. Dryfoos Professor of Public Affairs at Dartmouth College. Together they have two children, Will and Matthew; three Shih Tzus, who also love campus life; and two cats.