Tom Scherberger, once the breaking news editor of TampaBay.com before he became a business reporter, is parting ways with the Tampa Bay Times to become communications director of USF St. Petersburg.
He takes over for Melanie Marquez, who left USF St. Pete for a media job with Pinellas County Schools.
Scherberger will handle media relations and develop internal and external communication strategies for the campus.
“We are excited to welcome someone with Tom’s breadth of experience to our growing campus,’’ Chancellor Margaret Sullivan said in a news release.
It’s no secret that Tom likes beer. Many column inches of stories written or ordered up by Tom on the subject can attest to that.
So it’s no surprise that we’ll gather at 6 p.m. Friday (or whenever you can tear yourself away) to celebrate Tom’s distinguished 19-year career at the Times at the Ale & the Witch, located in that plaza just west of BayWalk in downtown St. Petersburg. We’ll wish him the best as he goes over to the dark side… I mean, embarks on his grand new adventure.
So come raise a glass to a terrific guy who we’ll miss terribly and who’s pretty much done it all around here. You can encourage him to be quick with the call back and lively with his quotes. (And, it also wouldn’t hurt if you drove home the point that we do expect to get the story first!)