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Duke Energy Awards Riley Institute $100,000 Grant

To read the press release in its entirety, click here; for an article that appeared in the Greenville Journal, click here; Furman press release.

October 4-9: White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship

October 14: Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence luncheon

November 12-19: APEC Conference in Manila, Philippines

January 12: Wilkins Leadership Awards Dinner. To register and pay online, click here.

February 5: Law & Society

March 3-5 (Thursday through Saturday): OneSouthCarolina® 2016, "Building South Carolina’s Opportunity Infrastructure," Marriott Resort and Spa on Hilton Head Island. To register and pay online, click here.


July 21, 28 and August 4 and 11:  Summer Series with OLLI. You may view videos and photos from the events by clicking on the Summer Series link.

September 17Constitution Day, "When Traffic Stops Lead to Death: Have Americans Lost Their 4th Amendment Rights?" CLP

September 28Chuck Rosenberg, "Battling Isis and al Qaeda Abroad and Heroin Addiction at Home" CLP

Check our calendar for all events at the Riley Institute including the Diversity Leaders Initiative and the Center for Education Policy and Leadership


Award Finalists for the Fifth Annual Dick & Tunky Riley What WorksSCSM Award for Excellence have been announced

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Register here. 

Registration information: The WhatWorksSC award luncheon and the S.C. Conference of Public Education Partners (PEP) are open to the public. Register for the full day conference ($95) or the lunch only ($20) at this link.

Furman University’s Riley Institute and South Carolina Future Minds are pleased to honor the finalists for the 2015 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence. The winner of the award will be announced at a luncheon on Wednesday, October 14th, at 12:30 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Presented in conjunction with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina State Board of Education, the award highlights innovative educational initiatives throughout the state.

The 2015 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC award finalists are:

  • Parents as Teachers SC, South Carolina First Steps, an evidence-based early childhood home visiting program for families of children prenatal through age five 

  • Reach Out and Read, serving children from birth to five years old statewide through their healthcare providers

  • Teacher Cadet Program, encouraging high-achieving high school students with interpersonal and leadership skills to consider teaching as a career.

At the award luncheon, held during South Carolina Future Minds’ annual Public Education Partners conference, Linda O’Bryon, president and CEO of South Carolina ETV, will host a conversation with current South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. Former two-term Governor of South Carolina and United States Secretary of Education Dick Riley will present the award. Each finalist will receive a cash prize to grow their program and share information about it.


Riley Institute at Furman, Duke Energy to help advance diversity leadership in SC following Charleston shootings

Duke Energy Awards Riley Institute $100,000 Grant

In the days immediately following the tragic shootings in Charleston, S.C., many individuals and organizations asked the question: “What can we do to help?”

In response, Duke’s leaders engaged in deliberate, meaningful conversations with stakeholders across the state to identify where the company could make the biggest difference and most positive impact. These discussions returned to the same theme: the best way Duke Energy can help is to promote diversity and civic participation in South Carolina. Furman’s Riley Institute is unique in that mission and the perfect partner for Duke Energy in these efforts.

With the help of $100,000 from Duke Energy and a matching grant program for Duke employees, the Riley Institute will build on two of its long-term successful leadership programs -- one aimed toward community leaders, Diversity Leaders Initiative, and one toward youth, Emerging Public Leaders.