Communication and Events Director
Department of Student Life
University of South Carolina
Office: Russell House, Suite 115
As director of communication and events, Hilary Dyer Brannon directs Student Life’s communication efforts to promote opportunities for beyond the classroom experiences to Carolina students. She plans several large university events, including University Awards Day and the signature events during Parents Weekend, and coordinates department-wide staff meetings and retreats. In addition, she assists with parent fundraising through the Parents Annual Fund. Hilary oversees the Office of Parent & Family Programs and Student Life’s web developer.
Hilary joined the Department of Student Life in August 2016 after working in the university’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions for eight years. During her time in admissions, Hilary traveled to more than 15 states recruiting new students. In her role as Coordinator for High-Ability Admissions, she served as the primary recruiter for the nation’s number one Honors College, the Capstone Scholars program, and the university’s most prestigious scholarship programs. During her last four years in admissions, she served as the Assistant Director for Marketing & Communications, managing the university’s recruitment and yield campaigns.
On campus, Hilary teaches a Capstone Scholars Service Learning section of University 101, focusing on hunger and food insecurity. She served as Chapter Advisor for Alpha Chi Omega sorority for seven years and was named the 2009 Outstanding Advisor of the Year by USC’s Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life as well as the 2016 National Outstanding Collegiate Advisor by Alpha Chi Omega. She now serves as Province Collegiate Chair for Alpha Chi Omega chapters in Georgia and South Carolina and is a member of the National Young Alumnae Leadership Panel. Hilary was a member of USC’s Young Alumni Council from 2010 to 2016, serving two terms as President from 2014 to 2016, and remains an active member of the MyCarolina Alumni Association.
Hilary earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication (Visual Communication) and a Master of Mass Communication in Integrated Communication from the University of South Carolina. As an undergraduate, she was inducted into the university’s Hall of Leaders.
Beyond the Horseshoe gates, Hilary is the Social Media Chair for the Junior League of Columbia and a member of the Leadership Columbia Advisory Board. She is married to her college sweetheart, who she met in undergrad through USC’s Greek Leadership Retreat.