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MHS President Pete Gurt Recognized by Penn State Harrisburg

HERSHEY – The School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Penn State Harrisburg recently presented Milton Hershey School® (MHS) President Pete Gurt, a 1997 Master of Education graduate, with an Alumni Achievement Award for his dedication to educating children from families of lower income.

“I am grateful for this recognition from Penn State University, and it reinforces my commitment to my life’s work of helping children build an exceptional life with a top-notch education,” said Gurt, a 1985 graduate of MHS. “I truly owe the life I lead to the lessons I learned at Milton Hershey School and in continuing my education afterward. It is a blessing to be in a position in which I can help children overcome the challenges they face.”

Milton Hershey School is a cost-free private, residential school, founded in 1909 by Milton and Catherine Hershey to help children from lower-income families lead fulfilling and productive lives.

Gurt has held numerous roles at MHS, including serving as a coach, houseparent and vice president of administration. In addition to his work at the school, Gurt also serves on the Board of Directors of the World Children’s Center in Atlanta, and on the Commission for Accreditation, the body responsible for independent schools in Pennsylvania.

In August 2014, Gurt assumed his role as the 10th president of MHS. Since then, he has been pursuing a set of strategic goals that will position MHS graduates for achievement in high school and beyond. These goals include reaching an enrollment target of 2,300 students, implementing a new character and leadership curriculum, and providing an international service/education experience for every MHS student.

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