Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Session: Workforce and People
Pedro Rivera was named president of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in October 2020. Prior to joining the college, he served as Pennsylvania Secretary of Education. Prior to his appointment to Governor Wolf's Cabinet, Rivera served as superintendent of the School District of Lancaster. Additionally, he was a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and executive director for the School District of Philadelphia, as well as a staff member with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
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 Pennsylvania. 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 is a first-generation college graduate and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University, and a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Cheyney University.