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Thurber Selected as Incoming Headmaster of Stratton Mountain School

May 31, 2019

Dear Stratton Mountain School Community,

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. Carson’s selection follows an intensive process, spearheaded by committee chairs Darcy Ahl and Jess Baron, who assembled a committee representing the varied interests of the school, including board members, coaches, teachers and administrators. Under the guidance of the Educator’s Collaborative, an educational leadership search firm, the committee successfully concluded their search this spring.

Carson is an alumnus of Babson College, where he graduated with a BS in Business Management. Carson joins us from his current position as Foundation Director at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, where he successfully oversaw annual giving and special events. Carson was an employee of Stratton Mountain School from 2007-2015, serving in a variety of positions, including alumni relations and development, and culminating with several successful years as Assistant Headmaster, working directly with and under departing Headmaster Chris Kaltsas. During his years as both a student and employee of SMS, Carson developed an understanding of and passion for the school’s mission and its student population. This passion was clear in his daily interaction with staff and students, and in his vision for the future and continued success of the institution. Carson is uniquely suited to build on the exceptional growth and development overseen by Chris Kaltsas during his 24 year tenure as Headmaster. Carson’s combination of love for and deep belief in the school, coupled with his extensive experience in fundraising, team building and management, make him an ideal candidate to lead SMS during its next phases of development.

Carson graduated from Stratton Mountain School in 2002, having started here as a student in 7th grade. He was an outstanding student and alpine athlete who experienced a successful career as a collegiate skier while working towards completion of his business degree. During his time as a student at SMS, Carson was widely recognized as a giving, committed and essential member of the community. Among his many accolades, Carson was the recipient of the Peter Burtscher Award, which is given in recognition of strong personal character, a generous personality, and a willingness to be involved with enthusiasm in daily life at the school. Carson truly embodies these traits, and he believes in and is a successful product of Stratton Mountain School’s unique mission. 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.

Again, speaking for the trustees, we are all conscious of the growth and success of Stratton Mountain School under the 24 year leadership of Christopher Kaltsas. Chris quite literally moved the school from the old Hotel Tyrol to the current World Cup Circle campus in 1999. During Chris’s tenure, every program – athletic, academic, and student life – has reached the highest levels of achievement. Chris envisioned state-of-the-art facilities and successfully led the school as his vision became reality. We are grateful in recognizing the outgoing Headmaster, Chris Kaltsas, and we are excited about the future as we prepare to welcome new Headmaster, Carson Thurber.

Thank you to Board members Darcy Ahl, Jess Baron, Bob Stevenish, Scott Serels and the other members of the search committee - Sverre Caldwell, Ross Powers and Alex Lehmann - for all of their hard work, and congratulations to them on a most timely and satisfactory conclusion.

Please join me in welcoming Carson Thurber, his wife Ali, and their two children, Basil and Hawk. While they are already very much a part of the SMS family, we look forward to introducing them to the greater Stratton Mountain School community! We will be sharing specific plans for Carson’s transition during the summer and next fall. 


Gary Giulietti, Chairman
Board of Trustees
Stratton Mountain School


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