Columbia, S.C. – (March 17, 2014) – EngenuitySC announced today that Meghan Hughes has been named Executive Director of the organization. Under her leadership, EngenuitySC will continue its mission of making Columbia and the Midlands more economically competitive and prosperous by fostering collaboration between business, government, higher education and community leaders.
Hughes is being promoted from within the organization, where she was previously in the role of Senior Project Manager. George Hutton, EngenuitySC’s outgoing Executive Director, is transitioning the leadership of EngenuitySC to Hughes as he moves to assume a new role outside of the organization.
“This is an incredible opportunity to lead a talented team and work with our dedicated Board to make the Midlands a more prosperous place to live,” said Hughes. “I believe in the competitiveness mission of EngenuitySC and the power of our collaborative partnerships. Together, we are going to accomplish big things. The best days for our region are ahead of us and I can’t wait to get started.”
As Executive Director, Hughes will oversee EngenuitySC’s ongoing economic development initiatives including Ignite! and Science Cafe. She will also continue to oversee initiatives focused on clean and alternative energy (NuHub), sustainable planning and development of land (Urban Land Institute), and education and development of local K-12 talent (Richland STEM).
“On behalf of the leadership at EngenuitySC, we are excited to welcome Meghan to her new role as Executive Director,” said Steve Benjamin, mayor of the City of Columbia and co-chair of EngenuitySC’s Executive Committee. “We look forward to leveraging her enthusiasm and expertise in the quest to make Columbia the most talented, competitive and entrepreneurial city in America.”
“Meghan Hughes is a perfect fit for EngenuitySC’s executive leadership as she exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit,” said University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides, who also serves as co-chair of EngenuitySC’s Executive Committee. “Working closely with the state’s flagship university and other significant partners, EngenuitySC will continue its forward momentum, sparking research and technology-based initiatives while attracting a talented workforce to the Midlands.”
Prior to joining EngenuitySC in 2012, Hughes worked in Washington, DC as a Senior Account Executive for Stratacomm and as Press Secretary for US Senator Lindsey Graham. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Honors College.