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Eric Hagarty

Acting Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Eric Hagarty

Eric Hagarty is the Acting Secretary of Education for Pennsylvania. A passionate advocate for education in the commonwealth, Eric has championed some of the most critical initiatives benefitting our commonwealth's teachers and learners during the Wolf administration, including securing historic increases in education funding. 

As Acting Secretary, Eric serves Pennsylvania's 1.7 million students, the commonwealth's world-class educator workforce, and the communities they call home. Eric leads the passionate and hardworking team at PDE, which works tirelessly each day to ensure that all learners—no matter who they are or where they live—have access to high-quality education opportunities from pre-K to postsecondary, whether they choose college or career.

In his previous roles as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Tom Wolf and Chief of Staff at the Department of Community and Economic Development, Eric was deeply involved in issues and advocacy for the commonwealth and state agencies. A coalition builder at heart, Eric has spent his career engaging with vested partners, state employees, private industries, charitable organizations, and school leaders to implement policies and drive critical funding to support Pennsylvania's schools, workforce, and communities.

Eric received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Washington – Seattle.

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