SCE&G gift to The Citadel will support the Riley Chair in American Government
CHARLESTON, S.C. – In recognition of Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.’s 40-year tenure of service to the Charleston community, SCE&G presented today a gift to support The Citadel’s effort to establish the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Chair of American Government and Public Policy. The chair, which will be housed in the Department of Political Science of The Citadel’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences, will help honor one of the college’s distinguished alumni and help to preserve and propagate his lessons in leadership.
The electric and natural gas provider that serves customers in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina presented the gift of $100,000 to Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa during a campus visit on March 31, 2015.
“We are proud to join this community effort to endow a chair in Mayor Riley’s honor at his alma mater. Through his four decades in office, Mayor Riley’s vision and leadership have made Charleston the exceptional city it is today,” said Keller Kissam, president of retail operations for SCE&G. “We are prouder still that The Citadel educates principled leaders who will go on to serve, as Mayor Riley has, with a commitment to the college’s core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect.”
A Citadel Class of 1988 graduate and former regimental commander of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, Kissam and a team of SCE&G employees, several of whom are also Citadel alumni, presented the gift in the form of a check to Gen. Rosa.
Riley graduated from the Military College of South Carolina in 1964 with a degree in political science. When he retires in January of 2016 after serving ten 4-year terms as Charleston mayor, he will join The Citadel faculty as a visiting professor to serve as the inaugural occupant of the Riley chair.
“The Citadel is fortunate to have a partner like SCE&G who supports our mission to educate and develop principled leaders like Mayor Joe Riley ’64,” said Rosa.
SCE&G’s donation supports a $2.5 million fundraising drive to establish and permanently endow the Riley Chair within The Citadel’s Political Science Department in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The chair will be held by widely recognized leaders or scholars in American politics and government.
Duties of the Riley professor will be tailored to take advantage of the strengths of each occupant. The types of activities in which the chair holder may engage include: teaching one or more courses or directing one or more seminars during each academic year, securing guest speakers for the college, organizing conferences, mentoring students and facilitating arrangements for internships or other extracurricular academic or pre-professional experiences for them.
As the inaugural occupant, Riley plans to write his memoirs, give an extensive oral history interview of his life and career, lecture on campus and arrange guest lectures by other distinguished public servants.
Before the presentation, a group of more than 20 cadets learned about future employment opportunities with SCE&G’s nuclear construction projects and engaged in a panel-style discussion about SCE&G operations and careers in the electric and natural gas utility industry. Kissam later threw the first pitch at Joe Riley Stadium, where The Citadel’s baseball team played the University of South Carolina.
About The Citadel
The Citadel, a four-year, public college in historic Charleston, S.C., offers a classic military college education for young men and women profoundly focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. Graduates are not required to serve in the military but about 30 percent of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military service. Graduates of The Citadel have served the nation, their state and their communities as principled leaders since the college was founded in 1842. The Citadel Graduate College offers more than 50 master's degrees and graduate certificates in a wide range of disciplines, plus six undergraduate programs, through an all-evening schedule.
South Carolina Electric & Gas Company is a regulated public utility engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to approximately 688,000 customers in 24 counties in the central, southern and southwestern portions of South Carolina. The company also provides natural gas service to approximately 338,000 customers in 38 counties in the state.