Pedro Rivera served as Pennsylvania's secretary of education before becoming the president of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology.

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The former Pennsylvania education secretary has been tapped for an agency review team that will help President-elect Joe Biden’s transition.

READ MORE: Troy Polamalu Says He Tested Positive For COVID-19 Ahead Of Hall Of Fame Enshrinement

On Wednesday Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf commended Biden for selecting Pedro Rivera as one of almost two dozen people to serve on the agency review team for the U.S. Department of Education.

“Pedro Rivera was an excellent secretary of education for Pennsylvania and he is a tremendous choice by President-elect Biden to help prepare the education efforts of the next administration,” said Gov. Wolf in a statement.

READ MORE: Report: Pa. Has At Least An $8 Billion Annual Funding Deficit, Proposes To Replace Gas Tax

“Pedro’s leadership was critical to rebuilding strong relationships to local school communities and improving the quality of education in our state.”

According to the Biden-Harris transition website, agency review teams have to understand the operations of each agency to ensure a smooth transfer of power.

MORE NEWS: Gov. Tom Wolf Visits East Liberty To Promote Affordable Health Care

Rivera left the Wolf administration after the board of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster hired him to be its next president.