TCC names Scott Balog executive director of Center for Innovation

June 28, 2018

Scott BalogTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (June 28, 2018) – Tallahassee Community College has named Scott Balog the executive director of its Center for Innovation in downtown Tallahassee.

Balog, who has served as TCC President Jim Murdaugh’s chief of staff since May 2011, will oversee planning and administration of the center, advancing it toward Murdaugh’s vision of the facility as a crucial contributor to growing innovation and entrepreneurship across the business, nonprofit, education and government sectors.

“Scott’s experience and track record at TCC, as well as his vision for the center and his strong desire to help local businesses thrive and grow, show me he’s the right person at the right time for this task,” said Murdaugh.

Balog plans to spend the first few months of his new assignment ensuring the center’s programming is meeting the needs of those it serves through discussions and advisement from stakeholders and partners.

“As one part of a much larger network, we will serve as a major conduit of activity that supports the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and promotes the wealth of resources already available in our community,” Balog said. “We’ve got to be focused on the needs of businesses, nonprofits and government as we look to the future.”

The new executive director will build on the progress made in the facility’s initial phase, efforts spearheaded by Kimberly Moore, TCC vice president for workforce innovation.

“Kim did an amazing job getting us to this point,” Murdaugh said. “Together they’ll make a great team.”

The center currently hosts programs, camps, meetup events like Women Wednesdays and Working Class Wednesdays, and mentoring opportunities through TCC’s Workforce Development Division and the TCC Spark! entrepreneurship initiative. The center also houses the Institute for Nonprofit Innovation and Excellence, WTXL ABC-20, Covalent Reality, New Horizons Computer Learning Center, and a Starbucks Coffee retail location.

The Center for Innovation's prominent position downtown makes it an attractive location for meetings and events. It also features space for companies and organizations to lease.

Balog holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Florida State University, as well as degrees from the University of Florida and Valencia College.

For information, contact Alice Maxwell at (850) 201-6049 or maxwella@tcc.fl.edu.