HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s top education official is leaving the job as schools grapple with plans to develop and implement pandemic reopening plans.

The board of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster on Tuesday hired Education Secretary Pedro Rivera to be its next president.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he plans to nominate one of Rivera’s top deputies to succeed him.

Wolf says he’ll nominate Noe Ortega, the deputy secretary for post-secondary and higher education.

Rivera has been part of Wolf’s cabinet since the start of his first term more than five years ago.

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