New Faculty Hired for 2019-2020

We are delighted to welcome several new faculty members to The Hilltop for the coming school year who will serve as Director of College Advising, Admission Office and Basketball Coach, Science Department Chair, and Mathematics Teacher.

Director of College Advising

Gunnar Olson will be stepping in as the Director of College Advising for next year. Derek Gueldenzoph and Whit Willocks will work closely with him, and John Kluge will continue as counselor to his AP English class.

Gunnar comes to us with many years of college experience, having worked in admissions at both Adelphi University and Kalamazoo College. He has worked in several independent schools, most recently Indian Springs School and Western Reserve Academy. Gunnar will move onto campus with his wife this summer. 

Admission Office and Basketball Coach

Cory McClure is joining us as Associate Director of Admission and also as KUA’s Boys Varsity Basketball Coach. He has done admissions for New Hampton School, Bridgton Academy, and, most recently Gould Academy. He has coached many winning basketball teams both at the high school and college levels. He will be moving to campus with his wife and their three children, Max 13, Sylvia 11, and Griffin 9 this summer.

Science Dept. Chair

Jesse Mathers will be joining the KUA faculty next year as the Science Department Chair. She comes to us from The Calverton School in Maryland, where she was also the Department Chair. Jesse taught for two years before that at a boarding school in Pennsylvania. Jesse has spent her last four summers teaching genetics at Johns Hopkin’s summer program, and she holds a Ph.D. in genetics from Penn State University.

Jesse will arrive on campus this summer with her husband, Craig, their three children, Katie, 11, John 9, and Sarah, 7 and their yellow lab, Mist. They all look forward to returning to a close-knit boarding school environment.

Mathematics Teacher

Beth Gilmartin will be joining our mathematics department to teach Multivariable Calculus among other math topics. Beth is a Wellesley grad who spent three years right after college working at the Federal Reserve. She then turned to teaching, first at Squaw Valley Academy and then this year at Gann Academy. She, too, is looking forward to coming back to a boarding school and joining the KUA community.


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Founded in 1813, Kimball Union Academy is one of the oldest private boarding high schools in New Hampshire and the country. KUA blends the best of the New England boarding tradition with an innovative, modern educational program for a diverse group of day and boarding students from across the country and around the world. Located in Meriden, New Hampshire in the heart of the Upper Valley, Kimball Union is minutes from Dartmouth College and has direct access to Boston and New York.