Stratton Mountain School Appoints Head of Campus Life

Meet Benjamin Tuff! Ben is our new Head of Campus Life and Advancement Officer, and we look forward to him joining the SMS community in April.
STRATTON– Stratton Mountain School has appointed Benjamin Tuff as its new Head of Campus Life and Advancement Officer. 

Tuff has served as an English teacher, dorm parent, advisor, and development officer throughout his career. In 2010, Tuff found his calling at Rumsey Hall School in Washington Depot, Connecticut, where he has been working as their Director of Admissions.  

At Stratton Mountain School, Tuff will oversee the campus life experience for all student-athletes, working with a team of residential staff members to create an environment that is positive, engaging, and encourages student growth and development. Tuff will work closely with Head of School Carson Thurber and Assistant Head of School Holly Wendell to ensure student success. 

“We are incredibly excited to be welcoming Ben to our team,” explained Thurber. “Ben brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from working with middle and high school level students for nearly 20 years,  and he understands the unique skill set that comes with working with teens. We are confident that under Ben’s stewardship, our community life programming will be stronger and better suited to enhance student development.” 

While Tuff is new to the area, he is no stranger to Stratton Mountain School. His wife, Gretchen Black ’00, and brother-in-law, Ian Black ’05, harnessed their passion for cross-country skiing at SMS.

“I first started applying for jobs at SMS when I was a student at Colby College, but we couldn’t ever find the right fit,” said Tuff. “When the school reached out and explained this position to me, I knew the fit was found.”

Tuff is most excited by the potential to help student-athletes navigate through some of the most confusing and exciting times of their lives… without sacrificing the fun. 

“My goal is to make the schooling experience as enjoyable as possible for kids, and you can do that in various ways. It’s ultimately about creating a solid community, and I’m excited to find ways to unify our students in new ways.”
In addition to his role as Head of Campus Life, Tuff will also serve as the Advancement Officer. He will work closely with Thurber to continue to build on the generous support of the Stratton Mountain School community. 

SMS looks forward to welcoming Tuff and his family on April 1, 2022. 

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 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.