National Director of High School Development
Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
Jerry Ellner is the national director of high school development at Universal Technical Institute, the nation’s leading provider of training for aspiring auto, motorcycle, diesel, marine and collision repair technicians.
Ellner began his career at UTI in 1991 as the first admissions representative in New England. He advanced to become the regional admissions director for the eastern United States in 2000, and the national director in 2007. In 2009, Ellner embraced the newly-created role of national director for high school development. In this role, his expertise in managing admissions and enrollment, and developing and fostering relationships with high schools has enabled hundreds of schools nationwide to better understand the value of a technical, STEM-based education. Ellner has been instrumental in the development of UTI’s successful STEM workshop programs for high school students and counselors – helping to further broaden their perspective on STEM careers.
In October 2013, Ellner was selected to serve on the STEM Education Coalition Board of Directors in Washington, D.C. Ellner is also a member of the Industry Workforce Needs Coalition (IWNC) and the Opportunity Nation Coalition. He is an involved contributor to countless other organizations, including the American School Counselor Association, the Association for Career and Technical Education, the National Science Teachers Association, SkillsUSA, FFA, Hot Rodders of Tomorrow and the National Automobile Dealers Association. He has also strongly supported the effort to make a UTI education accessible to everyone, championing the efforts of the Tech Force Foundation, United Way, and the Boys & Girls Club of America. He was the recipient of the 2015 New York Auto Dealers Association Educator of the Year Award and the 2016 ACTE Hero Award. Ellner was invited to present at First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Convening in June 2016.
Ellner is a Vietnam-era veteran and served as a combat intelligence specialist in the United States Army. He is a graduate of the Joel Hornstein School of Middle East Studies at Brandeis University. He is the father of four adult children and grandfather of nine grandchildren. He lives in Manchester, NH.