Richard W. Riley
Richard W. Riley, former United States Secretary of Education (1993–2001), is a senior partner with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, with offices in Washington, DC, throughout North and South Carolina, and in Atlanta. Secretary Riley counsels clients on business, governance, and financial matters. In addition, he works with partners to develop strategy in complex legal matters.
A former Governor of South Carolina (1979–87), Secretary Riley returned to Nelson Mullins in 2001. With full support of the firm, Secretary Riley remains an ambassador for improving education in the United States and abroad. He is a Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina and at Furman University, where the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics, and Public Leadership is located. The College of Education at Winthrop University bears his name.
Secretary Riley received a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1959 and a B.A. in political science, cum laude, from Furman University in 1954. He is the recipient of numerous public service awards and honorary degrees from American universities and schools abroad.