Dr. Vince Bertram is president and chief executive officer of Project Lead The Way (PLTW). Since joining the organization in June 2011, PLTW has grown to serve more than 8,000 schools across the U.S., trained thousands of teachers, and received numerous national recognitions and awards. In 2014, he was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to serve as the education expert for its United States Speaker and Specialist Program. He has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and other national publications, and in November 2014, became a New York Times bestselling author with his book One Nation Under-Taught: Solving America’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Crisis.
Prior to joining PLTW, Dr. Bertram was superintendent of Indiana’s third-largest urban school district, which he led to unprecedented improvements in student achievement, community collaboration, and operational efficiency. Dr. Bertram serves on the Indiana State Board of Education and has held numerous leadership roles.
Dr. Bertram earned his doctorate, specialist, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from Ball State University, and a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University. He also earned an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and is an alumnus of the Chicago Management Institute at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Dr. Bertram received an honorary doctorate in engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, was named a "Distinguished Hoosier" by former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, and received the "Intellectual Contributions and Faculty Tribute" award for his contributions to the intellectual life at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.