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Hall of Fame - Richard W. Riley

Richard W. Riley

Secretary Riley graduated from Greenville High School in 1950, where he served as Senior Class President and captain of the football team. He began his political career serving as a South Carolina state representative and state senator before serving two consecutive terms as Governor. After his successful education improvements in South Carolina, Riley was chosen by President Clinton to serve as the U. S. Secretary of Education. Upon leaving his national post, Secretary Riley rejoined the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough where he established EducationCounsel, a consulting team that works to drive improvements in the U. S. education system. Secretary Riley also serves as Advisory Chair of the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership at Furman University, and he co-chairs the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future.