Riley thrilled by CSU growth
Charleston mayor Joe Riley was the keynote speaker at last Friday’s Board of Visitors breakfast held at the Wingate by Wyndham hotel on the campus of Charleston Southern University.
Riley said he was excited driving on to campus and seeing firsthand the physical growth. Charleston Southern opened a new athletic center in August and currently has three additional capital projects under construction this fall: an expanded Hunter Reception Center, nursing building and the final stages of the 26,500-square-foot Christian Leadership Building at the center of campus.
“Just coming here is thrilling to me, to see what’s happened since 1965 and under Jairy’s (Hunter) leadership,” said the Charleston mayor. “I remember when the college was formed and proud of the City’s connection. I remember Dr. Hamrick starting this. Anytime we tackle difficult things it’s important to remember that every institution that we value in our communities, are started by somebody. It didn’t just happen. They’re not automatic. It requires vision and leadership and tenacity.”
Charleston Paul Heinauer, president of Glasspro, Inc., and member of Charleston Southern University’s Board of Visitors gave the opening remarks at the breakfast. “He’s (Heinauer) one of my heroes,” said Riley. “We’re a country of self-made people; we’re a country of entrepreneurs, and we’re a country of people who are usually successful because of their values.”
Riley also shared the latest news regarding the I-526 project, or what Riley called, “a traffic nightmare loop.” Riley warned that if something is not done to correct the problem now, serious problems will arise in the future.
“What it is, is like someone had a coronary bypass and the doctor stopped …” Riley said. “It’s become extremely controversial and difficult.”
Riley also discussed the deepening of the Charleston harbor, the reconstruction of the Gaillard Auditorium, the crosstown development project and the City’s role in saving a local church. The mayor also mentioned plans to open an International African-American Museum next year.
CSU’s Board of Visitors Networking Breakfast is sponsored by Presidential Council Members including Young, Clements, Rivers, The Jenzabar Foundation, Barnes and Noble, General Dynamics, BenefitFocus, South Carolina Federal Credit Union, Kahn, Baptist Foundation of South Carolina, Dr. & Mrs. Tim Spurling, Piggly Wiggly and South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities.
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities, enrolling 3,200 students. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the University’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving. CSU has been named to America’s 100 Best College Buys, Military Friendly Schools, America’s Best Christian Colleges, VA Yellow Ribbon Program and The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.