Riley Institute at Furman celebrates 20 years of leadership, knowledge, impact

The Riley Institute at Furman celebrates 20 years

The Riley Institute at Furman University will celebrate its 20th anniversary Thursday, Oct. 3, with two events on campus.

Former U.S. Secretary of Education and South Carolina Governor Richard W. Riley

The first event, which is free and open to the public, is a celebration on Oct. 3 at 5:30-6:45 p.m. in Shaw Hall of Younts Conference Center. Former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley will share inspiring stories about his life and career. Individuals impacted by Riley will pay tribute to his principled leadership, which spans six decades. While admission is free, registration is required. Limited registration is available at the door.

The second event takes place Oct. 3 at 7-9:30 p.m. on Cherrydale lawn, just behind Younts Conference Center. Open to the public, the 20th anniversary party includes an outdoor BBQ and oyster roast, with music from Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues. Enjoy a Champagne toast along with beer and wine. Tickets are $60 per person with discounted tickets available for Furman faculty and staff. Registration is also required. Limited registration is available at the door.

For more information, call 864-294-3546, or register online.

About the Riley Institute at Furman
On Oct. 22, 1999, former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley announced the launch of the Riley Institute at Furman University. The Institute’s goal was to “bring the world to Furman” for the benefit of Furman students and the community. Its aim was to attract political figures and prominent journalists, to support students’ work in Washington, D.C. and overseas, and to bring scholars in residence to Furman.

Now, in its 20th year, the Riley Institute has seen these goals become realities and has matured into a thriving enterprise that benefits Furman, its students and community members across the state.

View a scrollable timeline of Riley Institute milestones or share a story about how Secretary Riley or the Riley Institute has impacted you personally.