PA Acting Education Sec. Thomas E. Gluck to Leave Administration Dec. 31

Dec 16, 2010, 15:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today thanked acting Secretary of Education Thomas E. Gluck for his commitment to improving education and student achievement in Pennsylvania.

Gluck will leave state service effective Dec. 31 to join the Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units (PAIU) as a senior advisor.

"Tom Gluck has been making a real difference in the lives of Pennsylvania students for more than 20 years," Governor Rendell said. "Not only has he been part of shaping virtually every significant policy discussion about education in which the commonwealth has been engaged in that time, but he has implemented many of those initiatives, putting them into action."

Gluck has served as acting secretary since May. For five years before that, he was executive deputy secretary, the department's second-ranking administrator. For much of the 1990s, he served in policy positions in the Pennsylvania Senate.

"I want to thank Governor Rendell for giving me the opportunity to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania and to be a part of improving the quality of education for our children," Gluck said. "My time at the Pennsylvania Department of Education has been extraordinarily rewarding, and I am excited that I will be able to continue to contribute to the work of education in the commonwealth."

Deputy Secretary Amy Morton will assume the role of acting secretary for the balance of the Governor Rendell's term. Morton has been serving as deputy secretary for the Office of Elementary and Secondary education since July.

Media contacts:

Gary Tuma, Governor's Press Office; 717-783-1116

Steve Weitzman, Department of Education; 717-783-9802

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor