The National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University awarded Representative Jerry N. Govan, Jr. the prestigious Governor and Mrs. Richard W. Riley Award for Excellence in Dropout Prevention at the recent At-Risk Youth National Forum, held in Myrtle Beach. Jerry N. Govan, Jr. is a native of Orangeburg, SC, and graduated from Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School and South Carolina State University where he obtained a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Arts in Teaching.
Rep. Govan has served in the South Carolina House representing Orangeburg since 1992 and is currently County Attendance Supervisor for Orangeburg School Districts 3, 4, and 5. His commitment to education goes beyond his work in the school district, having for years served as a prevention specialist for the Tri-County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.
As a member of the legislature, he is the senior ranking member of the House Education & Public Works Committee. Always accessible, Rep. Govan has been extremely supportive of the Education and Economic Development Act and the funding provided for dropout prevention.
In addition to the Riley Award, Rep. Govan has been honored by numerous organizations for his outstanding contributions to substance abuse prevention, financial literacy education, after-school programs, excellence in education, and service to the community.
The purpose of the Governor and Mrs. Richard W. Riley Award for Excellence in Dropout Prevention is to identify and bring recognition to an outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of dropout prevention initiatives in the state of South Carolina. The National Dropout Prevention Center, College of Health, Education, and Human Development at Clemson University, selects an individual for this award who exhibits strong leadership and accomplishments contributing to effective dropout prevention strategies directed to initiatives in South Carolina and/or work that furthers the mission of the Center/Network.
This award was named after the Rileys because of their leadership and vision for education, especially in the area of dropout prevention. Dick Riley cut the ribbon at the opening of the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University in October of 1986. Tunky Riley served as the Chairperson of the South Carolina Dropout Prevention Network, an early initiative of the NDPC, from 1987-1989.