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Furman student Ben Saul wears wisdom well

By Steven Tingle
FEBRUARY 26, 2013

Furman student Ben Saul wears wisdom well


When Ben Saul shakes your hand, he looks you in the eye. It’s a display not just of his confidence but also of his sincerity and maturity. A senior and political science major at Furman University, Saul is 22 going on 40. His résumé reads like a checklist for budding statesmen: co-founder and vice-president of the College Democrats of South Carolina, president of the Furman College Democrats, volunteer for Floyd Nicholson for Senate and Vincent Sheheen for governor, Truman Scholar, student representative of the Global Issues Forum, and advance team member of the Richard W. Riley Institute. Despite his political interests, Saul will most likely spend his first year after Furman working as a Riley Institute extern at a high school in Summerton, South Carolina, population 900. “The high school I’ll be working at was part of the Briggs vs. Elliot desegregation case,” says Saul, “which eventually became part of Brown vs. Board of Education.” This is when Saul’s true aspirations are revealed. “I want to go into education—that’s really my passion.”


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