Pete Gurt is the president of Milton Hershey School, an educational institution that houses and provides quality education for children in need. An accomplished academic, Pete continues to commit himself to giving back to the local community and serving underprivileged children as the leader of the school.
Milton Hershey School was founded in 1909 to serve the community and offer children a safe place to learn and grow, with the hope for a brighter future. As president, Pete has set ambitious goals for the school's growth, such as opening early education centers across Pennsylvania, which follows the school's mission to break the poverty cycle and give aid to disenfranchised children.
As an alumnus of the school, Pete continues to honor the school's long-lasting legacy by spending the majority of his professional career giving back to the community. Before he was appointed the school's president, Pete worked in a variety of roles, including senior vice president and chief operating officer. Other roles, such as vice president of student life and vice president of administration, have also shaped Pete's perspective as an experienced administrator.
Outside of his roles at the school, Pete has engaged himself with several directorial boards and memberships so that he can offer his expertise and experience advocating for the underprivileged. Among other appointments, he serves on the Advisory Board of the World Children's Center, a community that offers both short- and long-term homes to children in need.
Pete has been recognized with many distinctions for his impressive achievements and community service. Pete was honored as Administrator of the Year by the Coalition for Residential Education in 2009, and received the 2014 Alumni Achievement Award from Penn State Harrisburg.
Pete earned his B.A. in business from Temple University and later earned an M.A. in education from Penn State University.