Eric R. Hargis is the National PTA executive director. Since July 2011, Hargis has worked with the association’s Board of Directors to continue long-term strategies and priorities that benefit families nationwide. He is instrumental in integrating PTA's core values with the association's strategic plan to build on its purpose of speaking for every child with one voice.
“I am excited and honored to serve National PTA’s millions of members, board of directors, volunteers and staff. I look forward to continuing the legacy of this great American institution and working toward improving the lives and futures of America’s children,” said Hargis. “This position offers me the opportunity to help improve our nation’s future by fighting for our most valuable resource: our children.”
"Eric has an established record of success from every organization he’s worked with, as well as the proven leadership our national staff needs to serve today's families and school communities," said Betsy Landers, National PTA president. "With his selection, we know that PTA® will grow stronger while reaching its goals in our strategic plan."
Hargis has more than 30 years of non-profit experience, including high-level positions at the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the American Diabetes Association and the Arthritis Foundation. Most recently, Hargis was president and chief executive officer of the Epilepsy Foundation of America for more than 10 years.
A graduate of the University of San Diego, Hargis lives in Maryland with his wife and has two children.