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Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner 2014


Senator Paul G. Campbell received the 2013 Wilkins
Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership

Stephen G. Morrison was awarded the 2013 Wilkins Award
for Excellence in Civic Leadership (posthumously)

The Ninth Annual Wilkins Awards Dinner
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
January 14, 2014

Sponsors of the 2013 Wilkins Awards Dinner. To view this year's program, click here.

Held on the first night of the legislative session, the ninth annual Wilkins Legislative and Civic Leadership Awards dinner featured former U.S. Secretary of Education and two term governor of South Carolina Richard W. Riley as the evening’s speaker. To read, in full, Secretary Riley's address, "Let’s work together to build a stronger South Carolina," click here.

The charge to work together-- despite ideology— given both by Secretary Dick Riley, a strong Democrat, and Ambassador David Wilkins, a strong Republican, resonated with many of the legislators and state leaders who were present at the 2014 Wilkins Awards Dinner. The remarks of these leading statesmen intertwined a call to action with the celebration of the accomplishments and exemplary leadership of Senator Paul Campbell and the late Steve Morrison. 

Gail Morrison and her son, Gregory, accepted the David Wilkins Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership on behalf of the late Steve Morrison, who provided community service and support for the arts and humanities, and who was a champion for equity in education for all the children of our state. Gregory, a third year law student at George Washington University, gave a  brief acceptance speech that was simple, heartfelt and eloquent.

The David Wilkins Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership was awarded to Senator Paul Campbell (District 44).  Senator Campbell serves on several Senate Committees and his bipartisan approach to governing has had a very positive effect on the work of the Senate. In his gracious acceptance speech, Senator Campbell joined Ambassador Wilkins and Secretary Riley in charging the legislators to “work together to get things done.”

Also hosted by Furman President Carl Kohrt, the event included special music by Furman University’s Bell Tower Boys, and the awards were presented by Paula Harper Bethea of Beaufort, S.C. The camaraderie felt on Tuesday evening at the Wilkins Awards Dinner was an ideal way to kick off the legislative session. 

Many thanks to our generous sponsors of the ninth annual Wilkins Awards Dinner:

Our great thanks to these Sustaining Sponsors, who support the work of the Riley Institute throughout the year:

  • Dick Riley
  • Lindsay and Billy Webster

More information on the David H. Wilkins Legislative Leadership Program