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Innovista names director of business solutions

Ann Marie Stieritz has been named director of business solutions for Innovista at the University of South Carolina effective, April 11.

Ann Marie Stieritz
Ann Marie Stieritz

Stieritz has worked at the S.C. Technical College System for the past four years, most recently serving as vice president for economic development and workforce competitiveness. Her responsibilities will include recruiting high-tech businesses to the Midlands and serving as the liaison between USC’s researchers and the business community.

Don Herriott, director of Innovista Partnerships, said Stieritz brings a wealth of experience to this new position.

“I have worked with Ann Marie on various boards and projects,” Herriott said. “She has demonstrated exceptional capability and leadership in her role at the South Carolina Technical College System, especially in her economic development and workforce development programs. I am confident that she will provide the industry connectivity that Innovista needs, and I look forward to welcoming her to the USC family.”

Stieritz has a strong background in education, workforce and economic development. At the S.C. Technical College System, she has overseen the system’s two nationally recognized economic and workforce development programs, as well as other statewide initiatives that have enhanced the state’s competitiveness through education and training.

She is former statewide coordinator for 12 Regional Education Centers, which coordinate education, workforce and economic development with business and industry initiatives to develop education and workforce readiness strategies.

Stieritz also was assistant director/vice president of the Ponape Agriculture and Trade School, the only academic and technical high school serving students from across the Micronesian region in the Central Pacific, and taught English with the Peace Corps in Mauritania.

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