Hope Derrick, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn's communications director for 19 years, is leaving the Columbia Democrat's office for a job at the University of South Carolina next month.
Derrick will become the school's associate director for strategic communications, working with president Harris Pastides to help raise the national profile of the state's flagship university.
Derrick worked as a reporter with WVOC-AM, S.C. Radio Network and WLTX and handled communications for the S.C. Democratic Party before joining Clyburn.
"I had a front seat to a lot of history in the making," Derrick said of working with the congressman since his second term.
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She said the job at USC interested her because the school and Pastides have the same passion to improve the quality of life of South Carolinians as Clyburn.
"It's a new challenge," she said.
Derrick will work under Wes Hickman, USC's interim vice president for communications. She starts Dec. 2.