Ernest Harrill taught Political Science at Furman from 1949 to 1983, and served as the University’s first Dean of Students. Prior to joining Furman, Dr. Harrill served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army Air Force in Australia and New Guinea as a Technical Sergeant in the 21st Troop Carrier Squadron. Upon returning to North Carolina, he then received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
While awaiting an assignment as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department, he signed a one-year teaching contract at Furman University. Realizing he liked teaching, students, Furman, and the Greenville, S.C., community, Dr. Harrill opted out of the Foreign Service and dedicated the next 34 years of his life to the Furman and Greenville community. He served as professor of Political Science, Dean of Students, and Chairman of the Political Science Department. Upon retirement in 1983, he was appointed Professor Emeritus of Political Science by the Board of Trustees of Furman University.
During his time at Furman, Dr. Harrill worked with city and county groups such as The Urban League and The Community Council. In 1970, he served as chairman of the Greenville County School District Citizens Committee and a member of the South Carolina State Legislative Governmental Study Committee. He was appointed by then Governor Richard Riley, a former student, to serve on the S.C. Mental Health Commission, and he was active in the Democratic Party throughout his life.
Dr. Harrill passed away in December of 2011 in Charlotte, NC.
Ernest J. Walters, Jr.
Ernest J. Walters, Jr. joined the political science department at Furman in 1962 after completing graduate work at the University of Chicago. He chaired the department from 1979 to 1984 and retired in 1989 as professor of political science emeritus. He continued to teach in Furman's Learning in Retirement program until his death on January 31, 1997.
Jay's greatest commitment and enduring contribution were to the students that he attracted to the discipline he loved, political philosophy. His long hours of class preparation (often extending into the early hours of the morning) and dedication to his students were characteristic of the twenty- seven years he gave to teaching at Furman. His excellence in the classroom was recognized in 1971 when he was honored as the third recipient of the Alester G. Furman and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching. In the words of one of his students: "What I remember most about Dr. Walters is that he expected a lot from his students, but he was willing to take whatever time it took to make you understand the idea or the argument. Above all, he made it clear that he really loved what he taught, and therefore invited his students to love it too. In my mind that is what real teaching is about."
Dr. Saundra Curry Ardrey is chair of the Political Science Department and Director of the African American Studies at Western Kentucky University. She is also the only African American department head at the University. Dr. Ardrey specializes in voting and electoral behavior, conducts research on the political participation of women and minorities, and has made contributions to the extant literature through publications on the political beliefs and behavior of African Americans. Her areas of expertise focus on the impact of race on politics and the role gender plays in vote choice and participation. Other interests include African American Studies, media and politics, campaign management and public opinion.
A graduate of Winston-Salem State University and The Ohio State University, she is recognized as a media analyst, and she is active in state and local politics and community activities. She has been a campaign manager, a member of the Democratic Party executive committee, president of the Bowling Green/Warren County NOW, and currently serves as the political action committee chair for the Bowling Green/Warren County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Dr. Ardrey served as president and as executive secretary of the Kentucky Political Science Association (the first African American to serve in both those positions), she is a member of the American Political Science Association Women’s Section Committee, and she co-founded and co-directs the WKU Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility. She has received numerous awards and honors, including Outstanding People of the 20th Century.
Dr. Ardrey taught Political Science at Furman University from 1983 to 1988. She created the Department’s first course on Racial and Ethnic Politics. Her husband of thirty-six years, Dr. William Ardrey, is a trauma specialist with Inspire Medical Group. They have two children, Chris and Lindsey.
James L. Hamrick
James L. Hamrick, a 1950 graduate earned a master’s degree in international relations from Duke in 1952. He married classmate Peggy Cater in 1952 and also went to work for Milliken and Company in Greenville. During a long career at Milliken, he held a variety of management positions, and he retired in 1993 as vice president of financial planning.
Mr. Hamrick is a loyal supporter of the Political Science Department. The James L. Hamrick, Sr. Political Science Scholarship provides funding for students majoring in Political Science who demonstrate both a monetary need and the scholastic ability to be successful at Furman University. In addition, the James L. Hamrick, Jr. Endowment for Political Science provides monies for books for the Department of Political Science. Mr. Hamrick also proved instrumental in the planning for the funding of John E. Johns Hall. Overall, his remarkable generosity to the Department of Political Science has made possible the education of many of our very best students.
As former chair of the Furman Board of Trustees, he has served a number of terms on the board. In 1995, Furman awarded him an honorary doctor of humanities degree. The Hamricks’ two children also graduated from Furman. He and his late wife, Peggy, were founding members of the Furman Partners Scholarship program.
S. Sidney Ulmer
S. Sidney Ulmer, a 1952 Furman graduate earned his Doctor of Philosophy from Duke University in 1956. He has taught and lectured at prestigious universities around the country including Michigan State University and the University of Kentucky, from which he retired as an Alumni Professor. He served as Chair of the Political Science Department at Michigan State in 1961-1962 and held the same position at Kentucky from 1963 to 1969.
During his long and distinguished career, Dr. Ulmer published numerous books and articles on law, courts, the judicial process, and social science methodology. He was a pioneer in the field of judicial behavior developing the best of normative and empirical research. His work has consistently been published in the very best journals in the field.
Dr. Ulmer has generously sponsored the Ulmer Medal since 1977. This award has been given to senior political science majors who have distinguished themselves in their study of politics at Furman and who intend to continue their studies in graduate school.
He has also been the recipient of numerous awards and marks of distinction – including selection as The Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Kentucky; an honorary LL.D. from Furman University; and two Pi Sigma Alpha Awards for Outstanding Teaching in Political Science. In 2004, the University of Kentucky’s Department of Political Science honored Dr. Ulmer by establishing the S. Sidney Ulmer Project for Research in Law and Judicial Politics – a web-based depository of assorted judicial papers and court related databases. Dr. Ulmer married Margaret A. Lipscomb of Greenville in 1946. The have five children.
Richard W. Riley
Richard W. Riley is the former U. S. Secretary of Education (1993-2001) and former Governor of South Carolina (1979-1987). Currently a senior partner in the South Carolina law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, with offices also in North Carolina, Atlanta, Boston and Washington, D.C., he counsels clients and works with partners to develop strategy on complex business, governance, financial and legal matters for local, national and international clients. Dick also is a senior partner with the NMRS affiliate, EducationCounsel, LLC that provides strategy, advocacy, policy and legal advice to education entities across the country.
With the full support of the firm, Dick remains an ambassador for improving education in the United States and abroad. He has been appointed Distinguished Professor at Furman, and serves as Advisory Board Chair of the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership. He also has been named Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina. The College of Education at Winthrop University bears his name, as does the College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. He also is a Distinguished Senior Fellow at NAFSA: Association of International Educators in Washington, D. C. In addition, Dick Riley serves in an advisory and collaborative capacity with several other entities across the nation and overseas that support education improvement.
Dick earned his bachelor's degree, cum laude, in political science from Furman in 1954 and received a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1959. He is the recipient of numerous education and other public service awards, as well as honorary degrees from universities and colleges in the United States and abroad.
Dick and his wife, Ann ("Tunky") Yarborough Riley, now deceased, have four children and 13 grandchildren.
A native of Johnsonville, South Carolina, Eaddy is a 1976 summa cum laude graduate of Furman University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Blue Key and the Quaternion Society. He received his J. D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1979, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Randy is a senior partner in the Corporate Department of Kilpatrick Stockton LLP and has been listed for several years in Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law.
In addition to Furman’s Board of Trustees, Randy serves on the boards of the Winston-Salem State University Foundation, the Winston-Salem Arts Council, the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, and the Winston-Salem Downtown Partnership, and he has served on the boards of the Alliance Theatre Company, the Georgia Legal Services Foundation, the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and other civic organizations. Active in bar associations and as a writer and speaker on topics for continuing education and advancement of the legal profession, Randy is lead author of the chapter on “Diversity” in Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, a multi-volume treatise sponsored by West Group and the Association of Corporate Counsel.
Among other honors, Randy received the 1999 President’s Award from the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists in recognition of his contributions to the African American community as an attorney, legal scholar and civic leader, and the 2005 Team Hope Award from the Huntington’s Disease Society of America for Corporate Management and Diversity Leadership. Randy cites his participation in Furman’s Study Abroad Program to England, during the Fall of 1975, as his most enlightening, formative experience.
Randy has also provided legal internships for numerous Furman students over the years.
Jeanne Howard comes from a long line of women who attended Furman and its predecessor colleges. Jeanne’s mother, Jean Garrison Howard, graduated from the Woman’s College of Furman University in 1948. Jeanne graduated in 1981 with a major in Political Science.
After a stint in the working world, Jeanne entered law school at the University of South Carolina. Upon graduating from law school, she clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge William “Bucky” Catoe. Following her clerkship, she became an Assistant Attorney General in the office of the Attorney General for South Carolina where she specialized in criminal litigation including criminal appeals and post conviction challenges.
In 1995, Jeanne joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina. Over the past fifteen years she has prosecuted all types of federal criminal offenses. She has been presented with several awards from federal and local agencies for her dedication to making South Carolina a safer place to live.
Jeanne has been active in the Furman community by serving on the board of the Alumni Association, the Political Science Advisory Board and coaching the Mock Trial team.
She is also involved in numerous civic and professional organizations having served on the boards of the Mental Health Association of Greenville, Emrys Foundation, Downtown Symphony Club and Federal Bar Association. She is a member of the executive committee of the Greenville County Bar Association, Greenville Women Giving and the Junior League of Greenville. Jeanne attends Fourth Presbyterian Church.
Noel Gould was born in Honolulu to an Australian mother who inspired him to become an accomplished professional in both global commerce and civics. In 1998, he brought a substantial record of success in U.S. and international business, law, government, civil society and the Olympic movement to his vision of creating the APEC Voices of the Future program–and soon invited the Richard W. Riley Institute and Furman students and educators to play a key role.
The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) process was launched in 1989 in Australia as a way to bring together both the developed and developing economies of the Asia Pacific in a new framework for voluntary, consensus-driven multilateralism for their shared and sustainable prosperity. After attending the first series of the annual APEC Economic Leaders Week as a businessman, Gould saw this gathering of the 21 APEC mMember economies as a wonderful opportunity for engaged learning in global markets and citizenship. Gould sees APEC as “both a prescient and practical learning platform for developing the substantive skills and sensitivities required to navigate the new multipolar Furman's students and educators help APEC Voices grow into the official engaged learning program of APEC and the Asia Pacific Business Advisory Council.
Gould is a top graduate of UC Berkeley Law School, the University of Southern California’s School of Public Administration, California State University Long Beach, and Long Beach Community College. His work in government and politics includes serving as a senior aide to mayors, governors, and U.S. Senators. He and his wife, Dr. Annie H. Liu, continue to contribute to the leadership of the APEC Voices program and similar engaged learning initiatives in China.