Dr. Stan Thompson 

Executive Adviser, Readiness Institute at Penn State

Stan ThompsonStan Thompson is an Executive Adviser of the Readiness Institute at Penn State. He recently retired as Senior Director of The Heinz Endowments’ Education Program and was previously the Executive Director of Times Squared Academy for Engineering, Mathematics, Science and Technology. He also served as Times Squared Academy’s academic dean for K–12 education.

His past professional experience includes working as a middle and high school English teacher in Kansas and New York and as a middle school principal in Wisconsin and Rhode Island. He has also held leadership positions at the Coalition of Essential Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in Massachusetts. Stan has been the recipient of the Metropolitan Life/National Association of Secondary Schools State Principal of the Year and currently serves as the co-chair of the Education Committee for the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics and is a member of the Board of Visitors of The Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. 

Stan holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Wheaton College, a master’s in English literature from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, a master’s in educational administration from Harvard University, and a doctorate in educational administration and leadership from Nova Southeastern University.