Louis Pesci is an associate professor in the Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department and the director of the Institute for Rural Health and Safety at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Pesci received his bachelor of science in elementary education degree from IUP in 1992. He holds a master of science in community health education degree from West Virginia University. Pesci received his doctoral degree from IUP in administration and leadership studies. He is certified in safety/driver education and as a special instructor of the operation of patrol vehicles for the Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission.

Pesci teaches the core of courses for safety/driver education at IUP, titled Introduction to Driving, Introduction to Safety, Driver Education Program Management, and Application of Driver Education Instructional.

His professional experiences include curriculum development for the driver proficiency program for various businesses. He has conducted multiple train-the-trainer programs for instructor certification in the driver proficiency program for both municipal and state police officers. Pesci served on the Pennsylvania Department of Education Content and Performance Committee in the development of expectations for safety/driver education. He has also served as a part-time administrator for the North American Transportation Management Institution. Pesci has presented at numerous state conferences on traffic and safety issues.

He is currently executive director for the Pennsylvania Association for Safety Education. He is a member of the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association and serves as their program administrator.

Pesci taught safety/driver education at the high school level before accepting a position at the IUP Highway Safety Center as staff/administration. He served three years in this position before being accepted for a position in 2000 as faculty/administration at the IUP Highway Safety Center. Under Pesci's leadership, this center has expanded into the Institute for Rural Health and Safety.

Institute for Rural Health and Safety
R&P Office Building,
Indiana, PA 15705

Email: Louis.Pesci@iup.edu