- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - The Duke Endowment is giving Furman University in Greenville $1 million to support work on social and economic progress in South Carolina.

Furman officials say the money for the Riley Institute will be used set up a permanent endowment to fund public policy programs for Furman students and faculty, as well as people across the state.

The institute is named for former South Carolina Gov. and U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley, a 1954 Furman graduate.

Furman says the school has raised nearly $4 million for the endowment to fund institute programs. The fundraising effort is continuing.

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