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Program Hosts

Terry K. Peterson
Director, Afterschool and Community Learning Network, College of Charleston; Chair of National Board, Afterschool Allliance; Senior Fellow, Riley Institute

Terry Peterson develops strategies and partnerships for education reforms and expanded learning opportunities and partnerships across America and in developing countries. While holding federal and state executive education positions, Terry helped develop numerous education policies including: at the federal level, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, E-rate, GEAR-UP; and teacher and technology quality grants; and, at the state level, early childhood education; teacher recruitment; performance pay programs; innovation funds; accountability systems; and the arts in                                 the basic curriculum.


Richard W. Riley
Former South Carolina Governor and United States Secretary of Education

Richard W. Riley for whom the Riley Institute at Furman is named, is the former U. S. Secretary of Education (1993–2001) and former Governor of South Carolina (1979–1987). Secretary Riley currently is a senior partner in the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and its affiliate, EducationCounsel. Riley 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. In 2008, Riley was named one of the Top 10 Cabinet Members of the 20th Century by Time magazine.


William S. White
Former Chairman and CEO, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Board of Trustees (1937-2019)

William S. White began working at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, headquartered in Flint, Michigan, in 1969 and was elected to the board in 1971. He was appointed president of the Foundation in 1976 and served in that capacity through the end of 2014. In 1979, he became chief executive officer and served in that role until 2018. He served as chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1988-2019. Under White’s leadership, the Foundation evolved from a primarily local funder to one that works to improve the well-being of communities far beyond Flint. While Mott has expanded its grantmaking nationally and internationally, the Foundation continues to direct significant funding to its home community. Mott has also maintained a strong interest in the field of afterschool and community education. In the United States alone, the Foundation has granted nearly $300 million to expand and improve the quality of afterschool programs which serve more than 10 million children each year.