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).