AASA Honors Richard Riley at National Conference on Education


James Minichello
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  Recognition Made at AASA’s 150th Anniversary Celebration

San Diego, Calif. – Feb. 26, 2015 – Richard W. Riley, a former U.S. Secretary of Education (1993-2001), was honored today by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, at the organization’s National Conference on Education in San Diego, Calif.

Riley is currently a senior partner in the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough and its affiliate, EducationCounsel. He is also a former governor of South Carolina, a position he held from 1979 to 1987. At the kick-off of AASA’s 150th anniversary celebration, Riley was given the Champion for Children and Public Education Award.

“AASA is proud to present Secretary Riley with the Champion for Children and Public Education Award,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director, AASA. “Secretary Riley has demonstrated distinguished leadership, a passion for excellence in education and a commitment to our young people. I consider him to be one of public education’s best friends.”

As U.S. Secretary of Education, Riley helped launch initiatives to raise academic standards; improve instruction for the poor and disadvantaged; increase parental involvement in education; expand grants and loans to help more students attend college; and prepare young people in America for the world of work.

As Governor of South Carolina, he initiated the Education Improvement Act, the Employment Revitalization Act, the S.C. Research Authority, regional nuclear waste compacts, merit-selection of public service commissioners, greater openness in government, and a constitutional amendment creating a state reserve fund.

For more information about AASA’s National Conference on Education,  click here. 


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.