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U.S./China Executive Institute

U.S./China Executive Institute

Executives from China visit Furman for a two-day seminar
October 17-18, 2004

The Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership and the Center for Corporate and Professional Development at Furman University proudly presented the August 21-26, 2004 United States-China Executive Institute.

The U.S./China Executive Institute Advisory Council:

Richard W. Riley, chairman, is former United States Secretary of Education and Governor of South Carolina. Richard W. Riley is a partner in the multi-state law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough. Secretary Riley is Senior Distinguished Professor of Government, Politics and Public Leadership at Furman University and serves as director of numerous business and non-governmental institutions across the country. His law firm specializes in complex business, legal and financial matters for local, national and international clients.

Ravenel B. Curry III is President of Eagle Capital Management an investment management firm for corporations, foundations and families located in New York City. Mr. Curry is a Trustee of the Blanton-Peale Institute, the New York Hall of Science and a number of other educational and financial organizations.

Gordon R. Herring, a leader in the cable television industry in the United States, is a founding member of a number of industry organizations. Prior to serving as Executive Vice-President of TeleCable Corporation, Mr. Herring directed research, marketing, and regional operations for the Virginia based company.

William B. Howes is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Inland Paperboard and Packaging of Indianapolis, Indiana. He also has served as Executive Vice-President and as a member of the Board of Directors of Temple-Inland Inc., as Corporate Senior Vice-President of Union Camp Corporation, and as Director of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.

Carl H. Kohrt is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Battelle Corporation, a global technology development and commercialization leader headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Kohrt formerly served as executive vice-president and chief technical officer for the Kodak Corporation. Among the numerous business and civic boards that Carl Kohrt serves on are The Ohio Business Roundtable, The Conference Board, and the Council on Competitiveness.

Peter Kwan is the co-founder of Pacific Gateway Capital Group which specializes in investment projects in China and the United States. For over twenty years he has run joint venture companies in China for multinational companies such as SmithKline Beecham and Bayer. A PhD chemist, Peter Kwan has worked in academia and in industrial research.

James Micali is Chairman and President of Michelin, North America, a member of Michelin’s Executive Council, and of the Michelin Group’s College of Directors. Trained in law, he previously was Michelin North America’s Vice President for Legal and Finance. Jim Micali currently serves on the Board of the South Carolina Ports Authority and is Senior Distinguished Fellow for Political Economy and Leadership Management in the Riley Institute.

J. Carroll Rushing, a noted entrepreneur, is Chief Executive Officer of Shasta Enterprises, a company that manages start up enterprises including Interface LLC which manages the chemical inventory for Delta and Northwest Airlines. He is a director of the Caribbean Technical Institute and owns furniture, software development, and health fitness firms. Mr. Rushing is Chair of the Societyof International Business Fellows.

The Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership is a non-partisan organization affiliated with the Department of Political Science at Furman University. Named for former Governor of South Carolina and United States Secretary of Education Richard Riley, the Institute engages students in politics, public policy and public leadership through collaborative research, study abroad opportunities and internships.