Over the course of his career, Luke Hartman has proven himself to be an innovative, forward-thinker who is capable of driving change in the organizations he manages, the community, and society as a whole. His specialties include leadership, strategic planning, marketing, training and development, educational pedagogy, special education law & advocacy, strategic enrollment management, financial assistance, cultural competency, and diversity and inclusion.
Currently serving as the Program Director for Liberty Point Behavioral Health, LLC, Hartman is in part responsible for one of the leading healthcare companies in the country. Liberty Point Behavioral Healthcare offers young men with intellectual disabilities and co-occurring mental health issues the opportunity for residential treatment in a safe and secure environment that encourages growth and self-responsibility.
Luke Hartman received his M.Ed. from Wichita State University in Special Education and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Educational Policy Studies where he conducted groundbreaking research analyzing ways to reduce prejudice in public schools.
Luke Hartman is currently a member of a variety of professional organizations, including NAME (National Association of Multicultural Education); VAISEF (The Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities. He previously was involved with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Council for Exceptional Children as well.
In 2011, Luke Hartman was selected to be the Vice President for Enrollment at Eastern Mennonite University. He was tasked with ambitious enrollment and revenue growth goals in a declining market where many liberal arts school peers were struggling to maintain current enrollment numbers. Since that time, Hartman led the university to its largest enrollment in the history of the school. In the last two years of his tenure, the enrollment team welcomed the two largest first-year cohorts in more than 15 years and the most diverse incoming classes in school history (36% and 37%). As the first cabinet member of color in the school’s history, this last achievement is Luke Hartman’s proudest accomplishment.
From 2008 to 2011, Hartman helped open and then served as Administrator of Skyline Middle School in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The school, at that time, served as the most diverse middle school per capita in the state of Virginia.
Furthermore, Dr. Luke Hartman has served as a professor of undergraduate and graduate studies in the field of both General and Special Education. Throughout his career, he has also served as a middle and high school special education teacher, a behavioral consultant, a diversity consultant, and a head collegiate men’s basketball coach.
Dr. Hartman is a dynamic speaker who brings with him a wide diversity of experience and expertise. He has accepted numerous national and international keynote and convocation speaking engagements from colleges, universities, churches, and public school systems on a variety of topics and has published work on prejudice and diversity in educational environments, self-analysis for school and community leaders, and best teaching strategies for English Language Learners. He has taught Special Education Methods, Educational Psychology, Collaboration-Inclusion, Culture, Poverty and Race and the legalities of Special Education at the college undergraduate and graduate level. Luke Hartman cares deeply about students with exceptionalities and makes it his personal mission to make each child feel cared for while maximizing their potential.