CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Mayor Joe Riley received a big honor from his alma mater during the 50th anniversary of his college graduation.
On Friday, The Citadel announced that Mayor Riley will return to the school after he leaves office.
He will be the first recipient of the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Endowed Chair of American Government and Public Policy.
Riley will begin his tenure when he leaves the mayor's office in January 2016.
As a professor, he will lecture on campus, write his memoirs and be interviewed for an extensive oral history of his life and career.
Efforts are currently underway by The Citadel Foundation to raise a minimum of 2 and a half million dollars to endow the position.