Scott Bess (B.S., M.A.)
Head of School
Scott Bess set out nearly 3 years ago to break the one-size-fits-all high school academic mold and launch Purdue Polytechnic High School where students learn in an engaging, hands-on environment and are inspired to seek out what they learn rather than be told what to learn.
As Head of School, Scott created the vision and strategy for the initial Purdue Polytechnic High School in 2017. He will open a second Indianapolis campus in the summer of 2019 and is leading the planning for the expansion of Purdue Polytechnic High School throughout the state of Indiana.
Scott has spent most of his career innovating new ways to teach students and instill in them a love to learn. Prior to joining Purdue Polytechnic High School, Scott was President of Goodwill Education Initiatives and founder of The Excel Center, which offers adults who have dropped out of school an opportunity to earn a diploma. He helped expand The Excel Center’s model across the nation and today, The Excel Center serves more than 6,000 students in multiple states.
A proud graduate of Purdue University (B.S., Mathematics) and Marian University (M.A., Education), Scott has been a teacher, IT executive and business owner. He is a Pahara Fellow, has served on the boards for the Danville Community School District and EmployIndy, and currently serves on the Central Indiana Board of Ivy Tech Community College, the Region 5 Works Council and the Washington, DC, Goodwill Excel Center.
Scott has four grown children and lives in Danville, Indiana, with his wife, Robin.