Since Dr. Vince Bertram’s appointment in June 2011, Project Lead The Way has experienced record program growth of over 50 percent and flourished to serve the nation in more than 5,000 schools, reaching nearly 600,000 students annually. Under his leadership, more than 10,000 PLTW teachers have been trained, sponsor and partner support of PLTW has increased, Change the Equation recognized PLTW as one of only four organizations to immediately go to scale nationally, and the Social Impact Exchange named PLTW one of America’s top 100 performing nonprofit organizations.
Recognized as a thought leader in education, Dr. Bertram has traveled extensively to address audiences throughout the United States and internationally on the issues of STEM education, workforce, and the economy. He was appointed by the U.S. Department of State as its speaker and specialist on STEM education in 2014; testified before the U.S. House of Representatives about the importance of STEM education in solving America’s skills gap; and served as a speaker and panelist at numerous events including SXSWedu, US News STEM Solutions, and the Commonwealth Club of California. Dr. Bertram and PLTW were featured on Fox News’ “Beyond the Dream” segment, and Dr. Bertram is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
Prior to joining PLTW, Dr. Bertram was superintendent of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, where he led Indiana’s third-largest urban school district to unprecedented improvements in student achievement, community collaboration, and operational efficiency.
Dr. Bertram is a member of the Indiana Education Roundtable and has held numerous leadership roles, including serving on the Clinton Global Initiative STEM Working Group and chairing the National Council for National Honor Society, as well as serving as director for several nonprofit boards. Dr. Bertram was named a “Distinguished Hoosier”—one of Indiana’s highest honors—by former Governor Mitch Daniels, and his peers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education honored him with the Intellectual Contributions/Faculty Tribute Award for his contributions to intellectual life at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Bertram earned his doctorate, specialist, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from Ball State University, a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University, and an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an alumnus of the Chicago Management Institute at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and received an honorary doctorate in engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.