Vince Bertram, Ed.D.

Vince Bertram, Ed.D.

President and Chief Executive Officer


New Castle, IN


  • Ball State University (BS, MA, Ed.S., Ed.D.) 
  • Georgetown University (MBA) 
  • Harvard University (M.Ed.) 
  • MIT Sloan School of Management 
  • University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Path to PLTW

High school teacher and coach, principal, urban district superintendent

Education has been a constant driving force in the life of Vince Bertram. Growing up in Indiana, it was Vince’s teachers who inspired him to believe in himself and his future potential. After graduating Ball State University, Vince headed back to school as an educator to make a difference for students, much like his teachers had done for him.

During a 20-year career in secondary education, Vince earned his Master of Education, Specialist in Education, and Doctor of Education degrees, and served as a principal, assistant superintendent, and finally superintendent of Indiana’s third-largest urban school district. He drew state and national recognition for his leadership and the unprecedented accomplishments of the districts which he served.

In 2011, Vince joined Project Lead The Way to make a difference for students across the United States. Today, Vince provides strategic direction, organizational development, guidance, and support to PLTW’s talented team, as well as educators and leaders across the country.

His success and leadership has led to numerous appointments and awards. In 2014, the U.S. Department of State named Vince as the education expert for its United States Speaker and Specialist Program. He was appointed by Governor Mike Pence to serve on the Indiana State Board of Education, and he serves on the Olin College of Engineering President’s Council. Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels named Vince a “Distinguished Hoosier,” and his colleagues at the Harvard Graduate School of Education honored him with the “Intellectual Contributions and Faculty Tribute” award for his contributions to the intellectual life at the university. The Milwaukee School of Engineering honored Vince with an honorary doctoral degree in 2013.

Vince has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post and other national publications, and is a New York Times bestselling author with his books, Dream Differently: Candid Advice for America’s Students” and "One Nation Under-Taught: Solving America’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Crisis."