Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Pedro Rivera was named President of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology on October 1, 2020. Previously, he served as Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf and confirmed unanimously. Prior to appointment, Rivera served as superintendent of the School District of Lancaster. He was a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and executive director for the School District of Philadelphia, as well as staff member with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. In September 2014, he was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his efforts to transform urban education with his holistic approach to student success. In 2019, Rivera served as Past President of the Board of Directors for the Council of Chief State School Officers. During his time as Secretary, Rivera engaged with educators, administrators, parents and students, as well as business and industry leaders, higher education officials and others to guide the department’s work on issues that were important to the future of PA. Through initiatives like PA Future Ready Index, Pennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act, Post-Secondary Attainment goals, and the Equity and Inclusion Toolkit, he has demonstrated his commitment to educational equity, a commitment that is foundational to the mission of Thaddeus Stevens College. Rivera also served as a member of President Biden’s Education Transition Team.