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Pete Gurt

President

Milton Hershey School

Hershey, PA, USA

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Pete Gurt’s Biography

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.

Pete Gurt’s Newsfeed

Penn Live
Milton Hershey High School graduates its largest-ever class

"The Class of 2021 should be called the Resilient Class. They overcame so many unprecedented challenges during their senior year due to the global pandemic,” Bob Ebert, Milton Hershey high school principal, said. “We were excited to have the opportunity to celebrate this class’s many accomplishments in person along with their families.“

Pete Gurt’s Background

Milton Hershey School
President
2014 - Present
Hershey, PA, USA
Milton Hershey School, founded in 1909, is a private boarding school that commits itself to housing and educating students in need. The school provides quality education free of cost for K-12th-grade students by offering enrichment and career-advancing experiences with the hopes of breaking the cycle of poverty.
Milton Hershey School
Various Positions
Hershey, PA, USA
Prior to his position as president of the school, Pete Gurt served in many various roles, including senior vice president and chief operating officer as well as vice president of student life and vice president of administration.

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Board Positions

Milton Hershey School Trust logo Milton Hershey School Trust logo
Milton Hershey School Trust
President
Hershey, PA, USA
Milton Hershey School Trust funds the school and owns the property and campuses that house the institution, enabling free education, housing, and care of students.
World Children's Center
Advisory Board
Atlanta, GA, USA
The World Children's Center seeks to offer children in need a quality education and enrichment opportunities for a better future. The Center provides life-changing experiences, food, clothing, and shelter for hundreds of children.
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Previous Board Positions

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Milton Hershey School Alumni Association
Officer
Hershey, PA, USA
The Alumni Association fosters a long-lasting relationship between the institution and its alumni. The Alumni Association offers volunteer opportunities and several chapters across the country.
William E. Dearden Alumni Campus logo William E. Dearden Alumni Campus logo
William E. Dearden Alumni Campus
President | Advisory Board
Hershey, PA, USA
The William E. Dearden Alumni Campus offers exclusive facilities for alumni of Milton Hershey School to return and hold events on the MHS campus. Its facilities include memorial bricks and social spaces for graduates to gather on the premises.

Media

Pete Gurt, President, Milton Hershey School and Catherine Hershey Schools
Interview
May 2021
In an interview with Philanthropy News Digest, Pete Gurt discusses work to create new educational centers in Pennsylvania, the services that the new centers will be able to provide, and hopes that the work will become a national model for childhood education.
MHS Announces New Strategic Plan—Milton Hershey School
Featured
Sep 2020
Pete Gurt describes the new goals for the school to continue upon improving trends of educating students and strengthening the school's mission for a better future. Within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the school will continue to move forward and serve more children in need.
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Memberships

Hershey Rotary Club
Member
Hershey, PA, USA
The Hershey Rotary Club is a network of involved members who participate in fundraising events, social meetings, and service projects to benefit the greater community.

Awards & Endorsements

Penn State Harrisburg Celebrates Alumni Achievement
Alumni Achievement Award
Oct 2014
Middletown, PA, USA
Pete Gurt was honored with Penn State Harrisburg's Alumni Achievement Award in 2014 for his extensive work at Milton Hershey School and other charitable organizations that seek to improve the lives of disenfranchised children.
Coalition for Residential Education
Administrator of the Year
2009
Coalition for Residential Education, an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to and improving the quality of the nation's boarding schools and children's homes, honored Pete Gurt as the 2009 Administrator of the Year for his work at Milton Hershey School.

Pete Gurt’s Education

Temple University
B.A. | Business Administration