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Office of the President – Pete Gurt ’85

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

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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.

Milton Hershey School President Pete Gurt '85 meets with students.

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 the MHS varsity girls’ basketball team. With his wife, Jane, he has provided support as a relief houseparent for 10 years.

President Gurt also served as an Alumni Association Board Officer and was President of the William E. Dearden Alumni Campus Advisory Board.

Student Perspective

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 the 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

A 1985 graduate, President Gurt received significant recognition amongst his peers:

  • Rotary Student of the Month
  • Senior Class President
  • Student Body President

He also served as a Peer Group counselor and 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.

Be Golden

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 mission and Sacred Values. Hear President Gurt’s charge to students, staff, and alumni to Be Golden.

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Spartan Strong

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.

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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 for Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. This group governs all independent schools in the state.

President Gurt has received community recognition and accolades in many areas:


President Gurt received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Temple University. He continued his education at The 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.

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President Pete Gurt '85 walks with MHS students.

Contact the Office of the President

Milton Hershey School
1201 Homestead Road
Hershey, Pa. 17033

Administrative office hours:
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Telephone: 717-520-2020

Media inquiries:
Contact the Office of Communications
Telephone: 717-520-2212
Email: [email protected]

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