Stratton Mountain School Announces Robert J. Stevenish as Chairman of the Board

STRATTON, VT- Stratton Mountain School, an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports, announced Robert J. Stevenish as Chairman of the Board of Trustees with Jonathan Needell '88 assuming the role of Vice-Chair.

Stevenish, who joined Stratton Mountain School’s Board of Trustees in 2015, succeeds Gary Giulietti, President of Lockton Companies, who joined the Board in 1997 and has served as Chairman since 2004. Giulietti was named Chair Emeritus. The vote, held on October 1st, was unanimous.

“It has been a great honor to have served as Chairman of [SMS’s] Board of Trustees,” said Giulietti. “Former Headmaster Chris Kaltsas and I had a vision for Stratton Mountain School, and I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together. The decision to name Bob and Jon as leaders of the Board marks the next phase for SMS, and I look forward to supporting them in their new roles.” 

Giulietti served alongside former Headmaster Christopher Kaltsas for fifteen years. Under their leadership, Stratton Mountain School School moved from its original home, the old Hotel Tyrol, to an extraordinary 10-acre campus. In many ways, the Board’s decision honors the legacy of Giulietti and Kaltsas’s stewardship. 

“It was an honor to work alongside Gary for so many years,” said Kaltsas. “I am very grateful for the leadership he provided during his time as Chairman, and it’s exciting to see Bob and Jon step up to lead the Board forward.”

Stevenish, having served as Giulietti’s Vice-Chair since 2017, is both honored and humbled by the appointment. 

“I want to continue to support and build on the foundation that Chris Kaltsas and Gary Giulietti laid for SMS over the last 20 years,” said Stevenish. “I cannot say enough that I would not be in this position if it weren’t for their achievements, and I promise to build upon them during my term as Board Chair.”

Over the summer, Stratton Mountain School appointed Carson A. Thurber ‘02 as the new Head of School, marking another significant milestone for the nearly fifty-year-old institution. Thurber is excited by the recent decision and looks forward to what the future holds. 

“Bob’s multiple years of board experience and knowledge of our community as a current SMS parent will foster a cohesive relationship between the Board and the SMS community,” said Thurber.  “As importantly, Gary Giulietti’s dedicated commitment to SMS both in time, leadership, and philanthropic support will remain a beacon for all trustees to emulate.” 

Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, Stratton Mountain School serves students in grades 7-12.
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Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.