Jerry Weast is a veteran of education leadership with more than 35 years as a Superintendent of schools. Weast has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ensuring all students graduate prepared and inspired for success in college and careers and led Montgomery County Public Schools to achieve the highest graduation rate among the nation's largest school districts for four consecutive years. He is respected for his expertise in crafting coherent strategies and leveraging his management experience to successfully sequence change efforts. Working through his Partnership for Deliberate Excellence, Weast advises and collaborates with foundations and school leaders to improve public education for children across the United States.
Weast received the Educator of the Year Award from the Schott Foundation for Public Education (2011) in recognition of his successful initiatives to improve academic outcomes for African American students; and the 2012 Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Educational Research Association for his success in closing the achievement gap.
Weast earned an Ed.S. in general administration from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas, and an Ed.D. in educational administration from Oklahoma State University.