2003 Award Recipient – Terry Richardson, Jr.

Governor and Mrs. Richard W. Riley Award for Excellence in Dropout Prevention

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From left: Mrs. Ann Riley, Mr. Terry Richardson, Governor Richard W. Riley

The first annual Award was presented to Terry Richardson, Jr., at a ceremony held on February 18, 2003.

Mr. Richardson is presently managing partner of Richardson, Patrick Westbrook & Brickman, a law firm based in Barnwell and Charleston, SC. An advocate of education, he presently serves on the South Carolina Board of Trustees for the First Steps Program and has since that program’s inception. He is Chairman of the Legislative Committee, has served on the Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley Counties Success by Six Board, and presently serves on the statewide Success by Six Advisory Board. He has also served on the statewide board for the Alliance for South Carolina’s Children, a member of the Barnwell school Board of Trustees, Board of Directors for the South Carolina Institute on Poverty and Deprivation.

Additionally, has been a member of the Community Youth Council for Bamberg, Barnwell, and Aiken Counties of SC regarding the Juvenile Justice Task Force; a founding member of the Board of Directors of Charleston Education Network, and Foundation Board for the Governor’s School for Science and Math. Mr. Richardson holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law; a Master of Science in Business and Bachelor of Arts Degrees from Clemson University.

Mr. Richardson is married to Gail Ness Richardson and has three children: Kay, Matthew, and Jay. Two of his children are married, making a total of two doctors and three lawyers in his family.