UofSC expands economic development efforts in Upstate with new hire

February 23, 2021

The University of South Carolina announces an expansion of its economic development activity in the Upstate with the addition of Sam English to the Office of Innovation, Partnerships, and Economic Engagement (OIPEE). English will lead the university’s innovation, commercialization, and economic development initiatives in the Upstate region of South Carolina. With a passion for developing entrepreneurial ecosystems, English has a proven track record of building innovative programs that drive technology commercialization and provide communities and businesses opportunities for growth.

“We are excited to expand our team with the addition of Sam to the Upstate. With his expertise and experience in commercializing biomedical and healthcare technologies, we will be able to accelerate our innovation partnership with Prisma Health System,” said Chad Hardaway, deputy director of the OIPEE.

“Given the University’s increasing presence in the Upstate, we are strengthening our commitment to the region and look forward to Sam helping to leverage university resources and assets to grow the innovation ecosystem,” said OIPEE Director Bill Kirkland.

English joins the university by way of Roanoke, Virginia, where he has worked with universities, healthcare systems, businesses, and community leaders to head innovation and commercialization programs across Virginia.  Both English and his wife, Paula, are natives of South Carolina and are excited to return to the Palmetto State.



The Office of Innovation, Partnerships, and Economic Engagement is the single convergence point between businesses, researchers, entrepreneurs, students and government officials looking to engage with USC. We create win-win opportunities for public and private partners by helping meet the innovation challenges of the future. To learn more, please visit the OIPEE site.