Justin W. Aglio, Ed.D., serves as the associate vice president for Penn State Outreach and executive director of the Readiness Institute at Penn State. With more than twenty years of teaching and administrative experience in the public and higher education sectors, Aglio is dedicated to learner success through enabling education, industry, and community partners for future careers and civic contribution.


Prior to coming to Penn State, Aglio was an international award-winning educator, serving as a teacher, school/district leader, adjunct professor, and visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University. In his leadership roles, Aglio led several new initiatives, including the first K–12 artificial intelligence program in America, and was selected as a participant in the 2015 Presidential Maker Roundtable discussion at the White House.


Aglio has been recognized for contributions in his field and has been honored at the international and university levels, most recently receiving the 2021 Penn State Outreach and Online Education Vice President’s and Vice Provost’s Award for Excellence and the 2023 Pittsburgh Public Schools CTE Community Engagement Award. He has also been recognized by his peers, with honors including Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40 Under 40, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Emerging Leader, the Pennsylvania Association for Education Communications and Technology (PAECT) Outstanding Leader of the Year, and the Edtech and Elearning Top-100 Influencer.


His thoughts on academic achievement, equity, leadership, STEM, artificial intelligence, personalized learning, and innovation have been featured in such publications as Forbes, EdSurge, Education Week, the American School Board Journal, and School Administrator. Aglio has been a keynote speaker and presenter at a variety of national conferences, including ASCD, ISTE, FETC, the Mid-Atlantic Personalized Learning Conference, and OETC.

Along with his professional endeavors, Aglio serves on the board of directors or as an advisory board member of the Moonshot Museum, the Mark Cuban Foundation, the AIM Academy, and the AIM Institute for Learning and Research. He is also an advisor to numerous schools, universities, and startups.


Aglio earned his doctoral degree in leadership and administration in education from Point Park University, his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from McDaniel College, a superintendent letter of eligibility from the California University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education from Waynesburg University.

Twitter: @JustinAglio


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