The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia voted unanimously on June 21, 2013 in naming Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith as the ninth president of Fort Valley State University. President Griffith took office on July 22.
A political scientist, Dr. Griffith served earlier as professor of political science and provost and senior vice president at York College of The City University of New York. His notable achievements there include growing the full-time faculty by 30 percent over four years, re-organizing the academic division into three Schools, and enhancing the research and scholarly climate by creating a Provost Lecture Series and a companion Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series, recognizing and rewarding research and scholarship, and establishing an Undergraduate Student Research Program.
Before becoming York’s provost in 2007, Dr. Griffith was professor of political science and budget dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida International University (FIU), dean of the Honors College at FIU, and provost at Radford University in Virginia. President Griffith holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences, with distinction in political science, from the University of Guyana, a Master of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from Long Island University, New York, and both a Master of Philosophy and a doctorate in political science from The City University of New York Graduate School. He also graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education’s program in educational leadership.
Deeply committed to the intellectual enterprise, Dr. Griffith is a specialist on Caribbean security, drugs, and crime. He has published seven books and more than 50 articles in various scholarly journals. The research for the highly acclaimed Drugs and Security in the Caribbean: Sovereignty Under Siege, published by Penn State Press, was funded by the MacArthur Foundation. His eighth book, Challenged Sovereignty, will be published by the University of Illinois Press. President Griffith also serves on the editorial board of the journal Defense and Security Studies Review.
President Griffith has been a consultant to Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, USAID, and other agencies, and he has testified before the United States Congress on Caribbean security issues. A past president of the Caribbean Studies Association, he has been a Visiting Scholar at the William Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies in Washington, D.C., the Royal Military College of Canada, and the George Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. Recently, he was one of 45 experts from across the Americas invited by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States to review the hemisphere’s narcotics policies and practices and propose anti-narcotics scenarios through 2025.
Also passionate about service, President Griffith served on the National Steering Committee of AASCU’s Red Balloon Project and briefly as convener of its Provosts of Color Caucus. As well, he served on the vestry (Board of Directors) of his church, St. George’s Episcopal Church in Hempstead, Long Island, and as chair of their Ambassador Program and Education Committee. A member of the 100 Black Men of Long Island at the time he left New York, he also was a trustee of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens, N.Y. President Griffith looks forward to deep engagement with the Fort Valley, Warner Robins, Macon, Atlanta and other Georgia communities. He and his wife Francille, a registered nurse, have two adult children.
Founded more than 100 years ago, Fort Valley State University embraces a history that weaves together African-American culture, a commitment to personal and intellectual growth and a deep sense of community. What students of every era have found here is unequaled leadership across a wide scope of programs. Our status as an 1895 state land-grant university has led to remarkable innovations in agriculture and related fields. FVSU’s acclaimed biology and chemistry departments send more students of African descent to medical and dental programs than any other Georgia state school. And our comprehensive liberal arts curriculum continues to set new standards of excellence. Keeping up with technological advances, we offer top-notch online programs and the opportunity to keep abreast of FVSU’s goings-on through Facebook and Twitter. We have an excellent relationship with the city of Fort Valley and surrounding areas. Our communiversity efforts bridge the gap between town and gown. The university regularly brings the local community onto campus for special events that showcase our students’ achievements.
With an enrollment beyond 3,000, our school is the perfect size for building lifelong ties that go beyond race and background; ties that are based on a shared love of learning and a thirst for personal growth. We’re family here. Everyone belongs. Our more than 70 student organizations and activities range from a thriving sorority and fraternity system, to conference-leading athletic teams, honor societies and student government. FVSU’s stately campus is the ideal environment for one-on-one learning, but we also encourage connections to the world around us, both near and far, through close relationship with local communities and our study abroad programs that trace ancestral bonds halfway around the globe. FVSU is growing and building: we offer apartment-style residence halls, a spacious stadium, and a new learning facility for our science programs. Check the Web site regularly for updates on these projects.
Fort Valley State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of FVSU.
Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, President Phone: (478) 825-6315 Alecia J. Johnson, Executive Assistant Phone: (478) 825-6315/6316 firstname.lastname@example.org Roslyn Smith, Clerical Assistant Phone: (478) 825-6315/6316 email@example.com Office Location: C.V. Troup Administration Building, Suite 349 1005 State University Drive Fort Valley, Georgia 31030-4313 Phone: (478) 825-6315
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- The United States and the Caribbean 30 Years after the Grenada Invasion – Dec. 2013
- Caribbean Community in Transition
- Barack Obama and U.S. Reengagement in the Caribbean Basin
- Drugs and Crime as Problems without Passports in the Caribbean: How Secure is Security, and How Sovereign is Sovereignty?
- Guyanese Strategic Culture Findings Report
- Prep for 9th Defense Ministerial Bolivia 2010
- ILG Congressional Testimony Dec-2009
- Ivelaw Griffith WHEMSAC Monograph on Suriname 2011
- Op Ed Jamaica Sovereignty Saga
- Realities of Crime
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