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Dr. Rex W. Bolinger

Dr. Rex W. Bolinger (IN '99)

Senior Vice President, Chief Partnerships Officer

Project Lead the Way
Indianapolis, IN

At the time of the Award, Dr. Rex W. Bolinger was:

Angola High School
Angola, IN

Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

Biographical Information

Dr. Rex Bolinger is Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Project Lead The Way (, the nation’s leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum. In his role, he works directly with government relations, strategic partnerships, and development. Dr. Bolinger has vast experience working within schools and philanthropic organizations. His work created many value-added partnerships. Dr. Bolinger was previously the Vice President of Educational Services at Edison Learning, Inc. In addition, he has served as the Executive Director of Team HOPE (History Opens Eyes) and worked directly with a group of Milken Educators and former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett in developing online teacher and student supplements to Dr. Bennett’s American history books. Dr. Bolinger also served as project director for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. During this time, he teamed with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on creating early college high schools in five states. He continues to serve as a Senior Fellow at the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research with a focus on education reform policies. In these roles and others as teacher, high school principal and central office administrator, Dr. Bolinger built strong networks and developed substantial resources for his organizations. Among his honors, Dr. Bolinger received the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and was named Indiana High School Principal of the Year. He was the founding CEO of Herron High School, an urban charter school in Indianapolis that was named the 27th best high school in America by Newsweek in 2010. While serving as a high school principal, his school was named a New American High School by the U.S. Department of Education. Dr. Bolinger received an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Ball State University, an M.S. degree in Education from Purdue University, and a B.S. degree in Education from Ball State University.