PRESIDENT OF MILTON HERSHEY SCHOOL, FOUNDED BY THE CHOCOLATE MAGNATE AND HIS WIFE TO SERVE CHILDREN IN NEED
Inside Episode 6 with Pete Gurt
On the first episode of Withology, season two, Brian is joined by Pete Gurt, President of Milton Hershey School (MHS). MHS, one of the finest independent schools in the nation, serves nearly 2,000 young students from families of lower-income and boasts more than 11,000 alumni. In addition to a world-class education, the school provides other vital services year-round, such as housing, physical and behavioral healthcare, clothing, nutritious meals and much more – all at no cost to students’ families.
An MHS alum, Pete offers a deeply personal account of his experience with the school, from his first days on-campus at age five after the unexpected passing of his father, to what it meant for his mother to see him become president decades later, and his vision for the future.
Pete’s story is one of perseverance, leadership and service to others, harkening back to the values the school was built on more than 112 years ago. In 1909, chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey and his wife Catherine – who loved kids but were unable to have their own – used their fortune to create MHS to help disadvantaged children lead fulfilling lives.