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Leadership and Service Center

Faculty and Staff

Ambra Hiott

Title: Director
Leadership and Service Center
Phone: 803-777-7774
Office: Leadership and Service Center
Ambra Hiott

I love working in a collaborative environment that propels students to serve as engaged, lifelong leaders committed to positive change in the world. 


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Ambra previously served at Emory University as a complex director within first-year residence halls and as an associate director for transitions and leadership programs for a total of five years. She is skilled in student leadership, social innovation, event planning, orientation and transition programming, and residence life.


Ed.D. Student Affairs Leadership
University of Georgia

M.Ed. College Student Affairs Administration
University of Georgia

B.A. Communication Studies
Furman University

Recent Publications and Presentations

Hiott, A. Y. (2018, May). Social innovation in higher education: A toolkit for success. Southern Association for College Student Affairs, Webinar.

Yarbrough, A. A. (2017). Social innovation in higher education: A case study (unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Georgia, Athens, GA. 

Hiott, A. Y. (2017, October). Social innovation in student affairs. Southern Association for College Student Affairs, Chattanooga, TN. 

Yarbrough, A. A., Wright, C., Greenspan, O., & Sutter, W. (2017, March). A changemaker campus: Exploring the ecosystem. Ashoka U, Miami, FL.

Yarbrough, A. A. (2016, November). Social innovation in orientation: A collaborative case study. National Orientation Directors Association, Indianapolis, IN. 

Yarbrough, A. A., Shutt, M., Roche, R., Sweeney, D., & Rizzo, D. (2016, March). Using collaborative leadership to create a first-year orientation program. NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Indianapolis, IN. 


Columbia Opportunity Resource
Membership Committee

Junior League of Columbia


  • 2018 Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support New Staff Member of the Year, University of South Carolina
  • 2017 Ashoka Cordes Innovation Award
  • 2017 Doctoral Student of the Year, University of Georgia



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Ambra enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, attending workout classes, and reading in preparation for book club.


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.