Office of the President – Pete Gurt
President of Milton Hershey School – Pete Gurt ’85
In August 2014, Pete Gurt became the 10th president of Milton Hershey School. President Gurt is an accomplished academic administrator, filling multiple leadership roles in his time at MHS. Most recently, he served as the senior vice president and chief operating officer of MHS from 2009-2014.
President Gurt understands what MHS students experience because he once was one. “I am very much aware of the significance of this job, and our commitment as a team to make sure this is the very best place on earth to serve our kids more effectively and to serve more kids in the future as we get excited about what’s possible for this school in the next decade.”
Learn more about the Office of the President and President Gurt’s role at Milton Hershey School.
Watch President Gurt’s MHS Story
Strategic Vision from the Office of the President
President Gurt designed an ambitious strategic plan to lead MHS into the future. His Our Future in Focus: The MILT Plan strategy includes:
- Modeling Character and Well-Being
- Innovating Career-Focused Education
- Leveraging Impact
- Teamwork to Strengthen Community Alignment and Engagement
Under President Gurt’s leadership, Milton Hershey School also celebrates many outcomes from our 2015-2020 strategic plan, 2020 Vision.
Leadership through the Years
President Gurt has served the MHS community in other ways before assuming his current role. Before becoming president, he was vice president of student life and vice president of administration.
He always goes the extra mile for MHS. President Gurt has served as assistant coach of theMHS varsity girls’ basketball team. With his wife, Jane, he has provided support as a reliefhouseparentfor 10 years.
President Gurt also served as anAlumni AssociationBoard Officer and was President of the William E. Dearden Alumni Campus Advisory Board.
President Gurt has a profound, personal knowledge of the Milton Hershey School experience. He understands what students experience because it was his experience, too. He is a “lifer,” attending school from age 5 through graduation.
As a student, President Gurt took full advantage of MHS leadership and character-building activities. He was a member of many organizations, including:
- The National Honor Society
- Glee Club
- New Horizons
- Student Senate
- Student Leadership Society
- Student Cabinet
- Student Home Council
1985届毕业生,Gurt总统收到significant recognition amongst his peers:
- Rotary Student of the Month
- Senior Class President
- Student Body President
他还担任一个对等组顾问和played on the soccer and basketball teams.
Inspiration from President Gurt
President Pete Gurt plays an active role at Milton Hershey School with a presence on all corners of campus. His passion for the school is evident, and his words inspire students, faculty, and staff. Experience President Gurt’s dynamic vision for MHS.
The color gold is very special to Milton Hershey School. It is one of the school colors, and it also is deeply rooted in the MHS狗万2.0 . Hear President Gurt’s charge to students, staff, and alumni to Be Golden.
A Spartan is not just the Milton Hershey School mascot—it is a mindset. What are the attributes of a Spartan? President Gurt shares the four Spartan qualities necessary to thrive: Courage, Determination, Loyalty, and Resilience.
Giving Beyond MHS
President Gurt is dedicated to helping children have a brighter future. His commitment extends beyond the MHS campus. He serves on the Commission for Accreditation forPennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. This group governs all independent schools in the state.
President Gurt has received community recognition and accolades in many areas:
- Administrator of the Year (2009) –Coalition of Residential Excellence (CORE)
- Alumni Achievement Award (2014) –Recognized for his dedication to educating lower-income children byThe Pennsylvania State University(Harrisburg) School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
- Hershey Rotary Club –Recognized as a dedicated community servant at theHershey Rotary Club
President Gurt received a bachelor’s degree in business administration fromTemple University. He continued his education atThe Pennsylvania State University (Harrisburg). Here, he earned a master’s degree in education.
As an alumnus, President Gurt partnered with Temple. Together, they worked to establish a College and Career Transition program for MHS. The program allows advanced MHS seniors to take a full semester of college courses. They are taught by Temple faculty (Harrisburg) on the MHS campus.
President Gurt resides in Hershey with his wife and two sons.