Riley Fellows in the News: May 27, 2021

Pictured: Mary Sharp is sworn in as the president of the South Carolina Bar. Photograph courtesy of the South Carolina Bar. 

Sidney Evering (Midlands, Spring 2012) of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP was named Orangeburg city administrator. Read more.

Jon Pedersen (Midlands, Spring 2019) was named dean of the College of Education and Human Services at Oklahoma State University. Read more.

Mary Sharp (Lowcountry, Fall 2013) of Sharp Law Firm, LLC is now president of the South Carolina Bar. Read more.

Octavia Williams-Blake (Lowcountry, Fall 2012) was appointed to First Reliance Bank’s board of directors. Read more.

The Riley Institute wants to celebrate your highly effective program making a difference in South Carolina public education. Riley Fellow Cathy Stevens (Upstate, Spring 2020), director of the Institute’s WhatWorksSC program, has a special video message just for Riley Fellows about this year’s WhatWorksSC Award. Apply by June 11 at

Upstate Riley Fellows, mark your calendars for October 20! Celebrating what’s possible when individuals and organizations work together to make the Upstate an inclusive place to work and live, the 2021 Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards will be held in conjunction with the Greenville Chamber’s fifth annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit. Learn more.