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Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Urban Fellows 

Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina

Director of Public Information and Community Outreach

New York, NY, August 5, 2015 – Dr. David E. Rivers, Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, Director of Public Information and Community Outreach, and 1974 National Urban Fellows graduate, was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Urban Fellows (NUF) at its recent meeting.

Dr. Rivers has a long and distinguished record of community service in both government and academic settings.  Since 1995, he has served the Medical University of South Carolina in a variety of capacities, promoting productive partnerships between and among academic institutions, government agencies, elected officials, business and industry, faith-based groups and community activists.

Dr. Rivers holds many distinctions.  He was Atlanta’s first African American Commissioner of Budget and Planning and was the first African American to hold citywide elective office (Commissioners of Public Works) in Charleston, SC.  He sits on numerous advisory boards, committees and Boards of Trustees.  Before arriving at the Medical University, Dr. Rivers earned undergraduate and graduate degrees and completed coursework toward a doctoral degree at Georgia State University.  He received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Allen University in Columbia, SC.  He is a graduate of the National Urban Fellows Program in Public Administration at Yale University and the Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Program at Furman University.  In addition, he served three years in the United States Army.

Of his election as Chairman of the NUF Board, Rivers said,  “I look forward to serving with my fellow Board members in helping the National Urban Fellows continue to provide leadership on many of the most pressing issues of our time, including education, poverty, diversity, community health and many others.  We must continue to find new and better ways to improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the nation.”