C. Jay Hertzog grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He earned a B.S in music education, and an M.Ed. and D. Ed. in educational leadership, all from Penn State. His post-doctoral studies were at the University of Wyoming.
From 1968-1987, Jay was an elementary general music teacher, high school marching band director, assistant middle school principal, middle school principal, and an assistant superintendent. From 1987 until his retirement in 2009, he worked in higher education, advancing through the ranks at Valdosta State University (Georgia), served as chair of the Department of Clinical and Professional Studies at Augusta State University (Georgia), and retired as Dean of Education at Slippery Rock University (Pennsylvania).
Following his retirement from Slippery Rock University in 2009 he was awarded the distinction of Dean Emeritus. He then served as president-elect, president and past-president of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE) from 2010-2016 and currently serves as PAC-TE’s Executive Director.
To relax, Jay enjoys playing the piano and guitar and he and his wife enjoy traveling throughout Europe by themselves and with their grandchildren.