Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley appears to have plenty of job
offers in the hopper when he steps down Jan. 20 as the longest-serving
federal education chief.
A recent article in The State, a Columbia, S.C., newspaper, outlined a few options in South Carolina, where he served two terms as governor.
The Dec. 24 story reported that Mr. Riley is said to be in the running to head the College of Charleston, and that the University of South Carolina and Furman University are interested in creating positions for him. Officials from the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina could not be reached for comment last week.
Vince Moore, a spokesman for Furman University in Greenville, noted that Mr. Riley has numerous ties to that school. Greenville is the education secretary's hometown, and he graduated from Furman University in 1954.
Moreover, Furman last year created the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics, and Public Leadership in his honor.
"Furman is definitely interested in having Secretary Riley come back," Mr. Moore said.
Another possibility for the secretary is a return to the legal profession.
Mr. Riley, who turned 68 last week,worked at the Columbia-based law firm of Nelson, Mullins, Riley, and Scarborough before leaving for the Clinton transition team in early 1993 and serving in the administration ever since.
"We would welcome Secretary Riley back to the firm, and we've made that clear to him since before he left," said Dwight Drake, a partner there and a former aide to Mr. Riley when he was governor.
But Mr. Riley's press secretary, Roberta Heine, says it's too early to say where he's headed.
"He hasn't announced what his plans are," she said.
—Erik W. Robelen
Vol. 20, Issue 16, Page 31Published in Print: January 10, 2001, as Federal File