Stratton Mountain School names new headmaster

Carson Thurber of Bennington

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STRATTON — Stratton Mountain School has announced that Carson Thurber will become the secondary school's next headmaster.

Thurber, 35, will assume the position on July 1, 2020.

In the meantime, starting July 15, he will be "shadowing" current headmaster Christopher Kaltsas, Thurber said in an interview Monday. His interim title will be associate headmaster.

The chairman of the school's board of trustees named Thurber as the incoming headmaster in a May 31 message posted on the school website. A link to it was posted on Facebook the next morning.

"On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees, I take great pleasure in announcing that, starting in the academic year of 2020, Carson Thurber (SMS Class of 2002) will be Stratton Mountain School's next Headmaster," board chairman Gary Giulietti said in a letter addressed to the Stratton Mountain School Community.

Thurber's selection followed an "intensive" search process that concluded this spring, Giuletti said.

"The Board is confident that Carson is the perfect choice to build on the school's current status as a leader in winter sports academies and to take SMS successfully into the future," he added.

Guiletti cited Thurber's current position as Foundation Director at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, where he has overseen donations and special events, as well as his experience working at Stratton Mountain School.

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He worked at the school from 2007-2015, holding responsibilities that include alumni relations and development. In his last four years, he served as assistant headmaster to Kaltsas.

Thurber entered Stratton Mountain School as a seventh-grader, Giuletti said, and became an "outstanding student and alpine athlete." He obtained a bachelor's in business management from Babson College, during which he was a collegiate skier.

As SMS associate headmaster for the coming year, Thurber said he will focus on fundraising efforts, as well as getting to know the school's students, parents and board members.

His vision as headmaster is to "build on the wonderful past history of the school going on to its 50th year" in 2022.

Thurber said his priorities would be to "ensure that every opportunity is being created for students to reach their ultimate goals," which for many is "to have the highest level of athletic success while not compromising their academic success."

Thurber announced his resignation from the Bennington Select Board, effective July 1, in a meeting on Tuesday.

He was elected to the board for the first time in 2017, and he apologized for leaving before his term was up in 2020. Thurber said he was stepping down because of a job change and a change in residency, but declined to elaborate.

During the interview Monday, Thurber said he will be moving from Bennington to Stratton.

Tiffany Tan can be reached at ttan@benningtonbanner.com, @tiffgtan at Twitter and 802-447-7567 ext. 122.


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