Pedro Ramos named SRC Chair; Wendell Pritchett will be interim chair

Wendell Pritchett, the newest member to join the School Reform Commission, has risen up the ranks - at least temporarily.

Gov. Corbett appointed Pritchett, placed on the board by his former boss Mayor Nutter, interim chairman. Pritchett, a former aide to Mayor Nutter, will preside over the meetings until Corbett nominee Pedro Ramos is confirmed by the state Senate.

Ramos, who was chosen by Corbett on June 16 to fill the vancancy of David Girard Di-Carlo, will then become chairman of the board.

Pritchett was sworn in as an SRC member last month by Nutter.

His appointment, one of two seats filled by the mayor, follows the dramatic departures of Commissioner Johnny Irizarry and former Chairman Robert Archie, one of the main subjects of a scathing report by the city's chief integrity officer that detailed the backroom deal surrounding a charter school company.

Nutter expects to make his second appointment soon.