Peter Gurd Leads Milton Hershey School into a Bright Future

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Milton Hershey School
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Current president of Milton Hershey School, a cost-free residential school and home to more than 2,000 students from low income backgrounds, is a 1985 graduate.

As a student, Gurt was a member of several organizations, including the National Honor Society, and he served as Student Body President. He went on to earn a degree in business administration from Temple University and a master’s degree in education from The Pennsylvania State University.

At Milton Hershey School, Gurt has served in a variety of roles, from vice president of student life to chief operating officer. As president, he has increased enrollment and created an ambitious vision for the school. This includes finding new ways to support young graduates, creating more opportunities for parent/sponsor engagement, and enhancing professional development for employees.

In 2014, Gurt received an Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Penn State Harrisburg for his dedication to educating children from families of lower income. He also was named Administrator of the Year in 2009 by the Coalition of Residential Education (CORE).

President Gurt Sees Milton Hershey School’s Future with 2020 Vision

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Milton Hershey School
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When Peter Gurt became the president of Milton Hershey School in 2014, he brought with him a plan for the future of the school. The 2020 Vision is the school’s five-year strategic plan.

President Gurt’s 2020 Vision calls for expanding the school’s historic mission of providing a cost-free, residential education of the highest quality to children from low-income backgrounds.The plan is built on three major goals: cultivate strength of character and deliver a top-notch education; expand our mission; and ignite staff engagement and exceptional performance.

Within the 2020 Vision, employees are more than teachers, houseparents and support staff – they are an extended family of mentors and a safety net for the children. By encouraging employees to build meaningful connections with students, it will ensure that each child has an adult on campus who will help guide them to success.