EngenuitySC Appoints New Executive Director
George Hutton Named Executive Director of EngenuitySC, Starting October 1, 2012
Columbia, S.C. – (September 11, 2012) – EngenuitySC announced today that George Hutton will take over as Executive Director of the organization. Under his leadership, EngenuitySC will continue working to establish industry clusters and an innovation based economy in Columbia and the Midlands. Hutton will officially assume his new position on October 1, 2012, bringing extensive experience in business, marketing, and collaboration management from his time at Barclays Bank and W.R. Grace.
As Executive Director, Hutton will oversee EngenuitySC’s ongoing economic development initiatives including NuHub, Ignite!, and Science Cafe. He received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and earned his Masters of Business Administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
“EngenuitySC is a key player in transforming Columbia into the most talented, educated and entrepreneurial city in America,” said Steve Benjamin, mayor of the City of Columbia and co-chair of EngenuitySC’s Executive Committee. “On behalf of the leadership at EngenuitySC, we enthusiastically welcome George to the team and look forward to working together to bring our vision for Columbia to fruition.”
“The University of South Carolina will continue to engage in economic development opportunities in our city, region and the state,” said Harris Pastides, president of the University of South Carolina and co-chair of EngenuitySC’s Executive Committee. “With George at the helm, USC and our partners expect EngenuitySC to be a catalyst for positive change and a model for successful public and private partnerships for years to come.”
“I am very excited for this opportunity to build upon EngenuitySC’s legacy of cultivating relationships between government, educational institutions and the private sector in the Midlands” said George Hutton. “I firmly believe that collaboration is a key tool for success, and through our partnerships, the team at EngenuitySC hopes we will all rise together to meet the competitiveness challenges facing our community.”
Neil McLean, EngenuitySC’s current Executive Director, is transitioning the leadership of EngenuitySC to Hutton as he moves to assume a new role as the Executive Director of New Carolina, effective October 1, 2012.
Headquartered in Columbia, EngenuitySC is a public/private partnership formed to develop and grow the South Carolina Midlands’ knowledge-based economy by fostering an environment where entrepreneurship, innovation, and the creation of knowledge are fundamental elements of the region’s culture, identity, and economic development strategy. Through collaboration with business, government, and higher education, EngenuitySC leads initiatives that support research development, promote commercialization, and leverage the region’s assets. Please visit www.EngenuitySC.com for more information.