Dr. William E. Trueheart is President and Chief Executive Officer of Achieving the Dream, a national nonprofit organization that helps more community college students succeed, particularly low-income students and students of color.
Dr. Trueheart earned his BA degree in political science and economics at the University of Connecticut, his MPA at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, and EdD at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. His honorary degrees include a PhD in Humane Letters from Bryant University, a PhD in Education from Bridgewater State College and a DBA from Johnson and Wales University.
Dr. Trueheart is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Pittsburgh Foundation, one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country, and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Reading Is Fundamental, Inc., America’s oldest and largest children’s and family literacy organization. Additionally, Trueheart is the former President of Bryant University (formerly Bryant College) in Rhode Island, and the first African American to head a four-year private college in New England.
He currently serves on the Boards of the Commonfund, Inc., Johnson and Wales University, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He also serves on the Visiting Committees for the School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Trueheart is a member of the Advisory Board for the Commonfund Benchmarks Study of Foundations.