Riley speaks at CSU meeting
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley was the keynote speaker at a Charleston Southern University Board of Visitors breakfast held at the Wingate by Wyndham hotel on the campus of CSU earlier this month.
Riley said he was excited driving on to campus and seeing firsthand the physical growth at CSU.
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. 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.”
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.”