Glen Urquhart School Announces New President of the Board, Adds Five New Trustees

Beverly resident, George T Balich to serve as president of the Glen Urquhart School board of trustees

Glen Urquhart School is pleased to announce the appointment of George T Balich, Ed.D. as president of the board of trustees. Also joining him on the board are Jake Bartlett, senior equity research analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey; Tamah French, former parent association representative; Lisa Kent, marketing consultant; Louis Somma, senior counsel at Affiliated Managers Group (AMG); and Kristin Brown, parent association president.

Dr. Balich replaces outgoing president Carl Graves who recently completed six years of dedicated service on the board of trustees.  Mr. Graves will continue to be a part of the GUS community as he and his wife still have one child at the school. Additionally, he will continue to be the host the Wild Boar Classic Golf Tournament, an annual fundraiser for the school.

George T. Balich is the father of two GUS graduates, Jason ’92 and Garrett ’96, and grandfather of two granddaughters currently enrolled at GUS. A registered architect Dr. Balich retired from Wentworth Institute of Technology after thirty plus years as an educator (Professor, Dean, and Provost). He has served on numerous boards in higher education, technical high schools and professional societies. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Notre Dame, MBA from Northeastern University and Doctor of Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Balich has served on the GUS board of trustees and several standing committees since June of 2019.

“My two sons and now my two granddaughters have and are discovering their possibilities because of the unique educational experience provided to them by a group of very talented faculty and support staff,” George Balich, president of the board. “I am humbled and honored to be a member of the GUS community and in particular to be able to work alongside a group of dedicated parents who also serve on the board.”

With the appointment of Balich, Bartlett, French, Kent, Somma and Brown, Glen Urquhart School’s board consists of 20 total members, including David Patch, vice president; Steve Todd, treasurer; Lise Carrigg, clerk; Gretchen Forsyth, Interim Head of School, ex officio; Andrew Brown, owner, r3construction, inc; Brooke Carroll, principal, Lark Fine Foods; Melanie D'Orio, principal, Quiocey Consulting; Philip Furse, chief investment officer, Summit Partners Public Equity Group; Kenneth Grant, managing director, Berkeley Research Group; Trish Landgren, founding partner, Corporate Legal Partners, LLC; Peter Mason, field marketing consultant, The Association of Boarding Schools; Zara-Marie Spooner, dean of community and multicultural development, Pingree School; Alen Yen, President, iFactory; and Lynne Warren, Life Trustee, Founder.


Glen Urquhart School is an independent, coeducational day school for students in Pre-K through grade eight. Students and teachers at GUS focus on an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates place-based education, thematic study, social-emotional learning, and community service. The twenty-three-acre GUS campus encourages environmental awareness and features outdoor classrooms and a greenhouse, nature trails, and woodlands. Explore at