Glenelg Country School (GCS), a leading independent college preparatory school in Howard County, MD, announces that its Board of Trustees has selected Matt Walsh as its new head of school. Walsh replaces the retiring head of school, Greg Ventre, on July 1.
Walsh was immediately inspired by GCS after meeting with members of the GCS community, including administrators, faculty, staff, students, parents, and alumni. “From the beginning, I was drawn to GCS by the warmth, diversity, and inclusivity of its culture and by its unique setting and sense of place,” said Walsh. “The love that people have for Glenelg Country School came shining through.”
Currently the president and head of school at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, AR, Walsh was previously the headmaster at LaGrange Academy in LaGrange, GA. Board of Trustees Chair Brad Smith notes Walsh’s experience as a critical factor in his selection. “Matt’s experience and expertise as an independent school head make him an excellent choice for the job,” said Smith. “In addition, his intelligence, integrity, energy, transparent communication style, thoughtful and collaborative nature, and warm and caring demeanor make Matt a great fit for our GCS community and Dragon family.”
Walsh is a graduate of Georgetown University with a BS in French and holds a MA from Middlebury College in Spanish Language and Literature. He is fluent in Spanish and French and is an avid reader of political history, biography, and social psychology. He and his wife, Janet, have three children. Ashling, their eldest daughter, attends Middlebury College, while younger daughter, Ayla, and son, John, will begin the next school year at GCS.