Keynote Speaker - C. Jay Hertzog, D. Ed. “Jay”

C. Jay HertzogJay Hertzog began his career in education in 1968 as an itinerant elementary school general music teacher.  From 1969 – 1987, he served in several positions within the K-12 environment including the director of a competitive high school marching band, an assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent.

Upon completion of his post doc at the University of Wyoming under the late Dr. Alfred Arth in 1987, he became an assistant professor of middle grades education at Valdosta State University (VSU), Valdosta, GA.  There he rose through the ranks of higher education and, because of his Educational Leadership background, was later tapped to join its Educational Leadership Department where he assisted in the design and delivery of VSU’s doctoral program.  In 1997, he was recruited to be the chair for the Department of Clinical and Professional Studies at Augusta State University in Augusta, GA.  There he worked with the faculty and dean to guide the College of Education through NCATE and GA Dept. of Education re-accreditation.  

Then, in 1999, Jay was selected as Dean of the College of Education at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (SRU).  During his 10 years there, he also served as the chair of the Pennsylvania Deans of Education Forum representing all 95 teacher preparation institutions in the Commonwealth.  In that capacity he worked closely with the PA State Board of Education, the Secretary of Education and members of the PA Legislature in crafting legislation for teacher preparation.  Additionally, in 2008 he was recruited by Nova SE Univ. to serve as a doctoral advisor in their Ed. Leadership Program, a position he still holds. 

In 2006, Jay received the “Excellence in Education Award” for distinguished contributions in Education from Penn State University’s College of Education Alumni Society and received an appointment by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry/Bureau of Mediation as a mediator/arbitrator for the Commonwealth in school-related cases. In 2007 he received the “Teacher Educator of the Year Award” from the Pennsylvania Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (PAC-TE) and in 2012 was elected as the association’s president.

His degrees are from Penn State University with majors in Music Education (BS) and Educational Leadership (M. Ed. and D. Ed.). He and his research partner, Dr. P. Lená Morgan, are nationally recognized as leaders on the effects of student transition from middle school to high school having presented at numerous national and regional conferences, published over 30 refereed articles and about which they have consulted with schools across the country.  He also is the co-author of two textbooks on Educational Leadership and one on Educational Technology.