Board of Trustees

Welcome from TGS Board Chair Peter Cooper-Ellis

Dear TGS community:

As your new Chair of the Board of Trustees at The Grammar School, I want to thank you all for your continued support and partnership. We are making an important step forward this summer with our new Head of School, Nick Perry, coming on board. The Board is excited to be working with Nick and his team as we gear up for the 2016-17 school year.

Nick and his family have recently completed their move over to Putney from Lake Placid. The transition committee is doing great work to create a well thought-out plan that should help Nick get off to a solid start in September. We all look forward to delivering a quality program in this coming year!

In addition to Nick coming in as HOS, there are several changes on the Board this year. While I assume responsibility for the chair position, Peter Eden remains a board member and we will all continue to benefit from his expertise and insight. In addition, Julie Burns has stepped down from the Board and Katherine Wagenbach has assumed responsibility for Vice Chair. We thank both Peter and Julie for their impressive leadership of the Board over the past several years.

The Board of Trustees will continue to meet every two months in the upcoming year, as will the key committees. The committee reports and all salient data will continue to be discussed openly at each Board meeting and minutes from each board meeting will continue to be posted to the website. Our board meetings will continue to be open to faculty and staff.

I am honored to serve as Board Chair. TGS means a lot to me and I look forward to giving something back to the community that has done so much for me as a student (a very long time ago!) and also for my kids. I am a solid believer in the integrated learning experience that TGS delivers. We have an impressive lineup of faculty and staff and I am confident that under  Nick’s leadership and with solid support from the board and community, we will continue to deliver an excellent educational program for the students at TGS.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly if you would like to talk. Thank you all for your continued support and generosity towards our school!

Peter Cooper-Ellis
TGS Board Chair


The Grammar School Board of Trustees

 Calendar and Procedures 2017-2018

TGS BOT Bylaws

Board of Trustees Meeting Schedule:

All meetings are 5-7 PM at TGS.


  • All committees meet ~2 weeks prior to each BOT meeting
  • Minutes/notes produced for each committee meeting and shared with Clerk (Eric Velto) and Chair (Peter C-E.)
  • Summary of committee meeting and/or minutes (whatever will be distributed at the upcoming board meeting) provided to Clerk and Chair one week prior to each BOT meeting.
  • All TGS division reports (e.g. HOS, admissions/financial aid, fund-raising and any other) must be provided to Nick, Eric and Peter C-E. one week prior to each BOT meeting.
  • About one week prior to each board meeting an agenda and accompanying materials will be sent to BOT members et al.


Board of Trustees 2017-2018
Chris Adams – Walpole, NH
Kyra Chapin – Putney, VT
Katherine Cook – Walpole, NH
Peter Cooper-Ellis, Chair – West Chesterfield, NH
Rick Cowan – Chester, VT
David Greenewalt – Putney, VT
Erika Gustafson – Medford, MA
Peter Howe – Alstead, NH
Maggie Smith – Putney, VT
Justin Sterner – Putney, VT
Katherine Wagenbach, Vice Chair – Putney, VT
Eric Velto – Bellows Falls, VT
Alex Bodel – Westminster West, VT
Andrew Cooper-Ellis – Putney, VT

Trustees Emeritus/Co-founders
George and Kitty Shumlin
Dottie Richardson
Marcia Leader