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.