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New Carolina names president, CEO

Source: Columbia Regional Business Report

July 7, 2014

Ann Marie Stieritz has taken the helm of New Carolina: South Carolina's Council on Competitiveness, as president and CEO.

She succeeds Laura McKinney, who is relocating to Blaine, Wash., with her family.

Stieritz has more than 15 years of economic and workforce development experience. Prior to joining New Carolina, she served as the deputy executive director of the University of South Carolina’s Office of Economic Engagement, where she worked on economic growth across the state by connecting new and existing businesses with university resources.
She previously served as the vice president for economic and workforce competitiveness for the S.C. Technical College System, overseeing the system’s nationally recognized economic and workforce development programs and other statewide programs to increase the state’s competitiveness through education and training.

Stieritz was the founding director of Apprenticeship Carolina which has been recognized as a national model and also led the establishment of South Carolina’s 12 Regional Education Centers.

She has served in leadership roles and on numerous boards, including the United Way of the Midlands, the American Red Cross Central S.C. Chapter, the Columbia Rotary Club and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. She was recognized by the Girl Scouts of South Carolina as a Woman of Distinction, and is a graduate of the S.C. Technical College system’s Leadership Academy and the Diversity Leadership Institute of Furman University.

Stieritz holds a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Xavier University and a Diplome d’etudes from the l’Universite de Paris, la Sorbonne, as well as a Master of Arts and a Master of Philosophy in political science from New York University.

New Carolina is a statewide, business-led organization that identifies, launches and builds scale behind economic growth initiatives, according to its website.

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