Woodward hires LaGrange president

Woodward Academy has appointed Stuart Gulley as president of the private school, ending a search that began after President Harry Payne committed suicide in January.

Gulley, 47, has been president of LaGrange College since July 1996. He plans to complete the academic year at the Georgia college, then assume his Woodward duties in the summer.

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and holds a master’s from Emory University and a doctorate from Georgia State University. He also is a United Methodist minister.

“My family and I are thrilled and honored by the opportunity to join the Woodward family,” Gulley said. “We are much impressed by the breadth of Woodward’s total educational program as well as its racial and religious diversity, and we are especially pleased our sons will benefit from a Woodward education.”

Lovett alumnus headed into space

Army Lt. Col. Shane Kimbrough, who graduated from The Lovett School in 1985, is scheduled to soar into Earth orbit Nov. 14 on the space shuttle Endeavour.

The seven-member crew will deliver equipment to the international space station to allow people to stay aboard longer.

Kimbrough, 41, attended West Point after Lovett, then served in the first Persian Gulf War as an Apache helicopter pilot. He earned a master’s from Georgia Tech after the war and was accepted into astronaut training in 2004.

As a mission specialist, Kimbrough is scheduled for spacewalks on the seventh and 11th days of the 15-day flight. You can follow the mission at www.nasa.org.