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. So, after graduating from Ball State University, he headed back to school as an educator to make a difference for students, much like his teachers had done for him.

Vince 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 school districts that 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 have 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. The National Science Foundation (NSF), in consultation with the Department of Education, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, appointed Vince to the congress-authorized STEM Education Advisory Panel in 2018. He was appointed by Governor Mike Pence to serve on the Indiana State Board of Education and was reappointed by Governor Eric Holcomb, and he currently serves on the Olin College of Engineering President’s Council. 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. In 2013, the Milwaukee School of Engineering honored Vince with an honorary doctoral degree, and in 2017, Ball State University awarded him their highest award bestowed upon alumni, the “Distinguished Alumni Award”. In 2018, Vince received the National Instruments Innovations in STEM Award and was selected as a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow.

Vince holds an Ed.D, MS, Ed.S, and BS degrees from Ball State University, a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University, and MBA degrees from Georgetown University and ESADE Business School. 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. 

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.”