David Dimmett, Ed.D., MBOE

David Dimmett

President and Chief Executive Officer


Evansville, IN


  • Indiana University (Ed.D, M.S., B.A.)
  • The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business (M.B.O.E)
  • Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Path to PLTW

High school teacher, administrator, and district chief academic officer

Dr. David Dimmett joined Project Lead The Way in 2011 and currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. In this role, David focuses on strategies and relationships that drive PLTW opportunities for more students in more communities throughout the U.S. David is also leads the PLTW Impact Team focused on equity, access, and supporting PLTW’s mission through research, government relations, policy, advancement, and strategic partnerships. David previously led PLTW’s Engagement Team in direct support of schools and school districts in all 50 States.

Prior to joining PLTW, David served as the chief academic officer of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in Southwest Indiana. David was instrumental in leading innovation and unprecedented improvements in student achievement. With a focus on increasing opportunities for students, David facilitated the curriculum and instruction for the district, developed strategic partnerships, and implemented several innovative school models including Early College High School and New Tech Institute using the PLTW Engineering program.

David earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies as well as an MS in Curriculum and Instruction and BA in English from Indiana University. He also earned a Master of Business Operational Excellence from Ohio State University’s Fisher College.

David’s early professional experiences were shaped by work in schools in England and Germany. David and his wife, Holly, met as first year teachers. David also served several years as a building administrator. All three of their children have been PLTW students.