2021
Dr. Hope Rivers

Outstanding Black Alumni

2010, Doctor of Philosophy in Education Administration, College of Education, University of South Carolina

1996, Master of Education, College of Education, University of South Carolina

1994, Bachelor of Arts in English, College of Arts and Science, University of South Carolina


Dr. Hope Rivers is a three-time alumna of the University of South Carolina earning her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration, a Certificate in Higher Education Leadership, a Master of Education in Community and Occupational Programs in Education, and a Bachelor of Arts in English.

She has dedicated herself to a 25-year career in higher education.  

In January 2021, Dr. Rivers assumed the presidency at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, South Carolina. She is the first woman and person of color to serve as president of the technical college.

Dr. Rivers is a Riley Fellow and a graduate of LeadershipSC. In 2019, she was named SC Woman on the Move by the SC Chapter for American Association for Women in Community Colleges.

In addition to her professional accolades, Dr. Rivers has been married for 20 years to her husband, Thomas, and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Taylor, and Hannah, a current UofSC student. Dr. Rivers is an avid reader and loves the arts. She enjoys college football, and in her spare time, she loves taking long walks with her family. She is an active member of Brookland Baptist Church and active in her community as a Rotarian and through the Columbia SC Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

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