Richard W. Riley was born January 2, 1933 in Greenville, South Carolina. He served in the South Carolina House of Representatives and Senate from 1963 to 1977 and was elected Governor of South Carolina in 1978. As Governor, Riley focused on improving funding and support for education. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Riley to the post of Secretary of Education. Furman University created the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership in his honor.