The Riley Institute

Named for two-time South Carolina governor and former U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley, Furman University’s Richard W. Riley Institute advances social and economic progress in South Carolina and beyond by building leadership for a diverse society, hosting expert speakers to broaden perspectives on critical issues, supporting public education, and creating knowledge through community solutions-focused research.

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OneSouthCarolina Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards

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Spartanburg Northside Initiative to receive inaugural Riley Institute award

The Northside Initiative is an ongoing, comprehensive, “inside-out” transformation of a neighborhood in Spartanburg long beset by poverty’s challenges and is committed to increasing wellbeing and opportunity for existing and new residents.

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Senator Thomas Alexander, community health leader Roland Gardner to receive Riley Institute leadership awards

The Riley Institute has announced that Senator Thomas Alexander (R-Oconee/Pickens) will receive the 2022 OneSouthCarolina Legislative Leadership Award. Roland Gardner, CEO of Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services (BJHCHS), will receive the Civic Leadership Award.

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Riley Fellows in the News: November 17, 2021

Read the latest updates about Riley Fellows career changes, board and commission appointments, professional honors, and more.

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