Since taking the helm of Fort Valley State University, Dr. Ivelaw Griffith has crafted a vision of a university helping students to reach their educational goals and potential by not just dreaming, but also doing.

In order to continue Fort Valley State’s mission of educational excellence, some of the president’s priorities have focused on globalization, commercialization and strategic growth for FVSU and central Georgia.

Here are some highlights of those priorities:

Presidential Highlights for 2014

In June 2013, the University Board of Regents inaugurated Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith as the ninth president of Fort Valley State University on Friday, April 11, 2014.  He celebrated his first year in office in July 2014 at a special ceremony. Here is a list of highlights president has launched during 2014.

Cabinet Appointments

Fort Valley State University president announces two new appointments to his leadership team

In an ongoing effort to enhance campus leadership and support key strategic initiatives, Fort Valley State University President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith recently announced the addition of two new cabinet members.

The new members are Dr. Isaac J. Crumbly, associate vice president for Careers and Collaborative Programs and founder/director of the Cooperative Developmental Energy Program (CDEP), and Dr. Joshua W. Murfree, Jr., director of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The promotions will become effective May 1.

FVSU administrators travel to Caribbean nations as part of diplomatic and  recruitment mission -Two Fort Valley State University officials recently toured several Caribbean nations in a bid to forge international partnerships and recruit new students to the university’s campus. FVSU President Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith was initially invited to speak about Caribbean security issues and America’s bilateral agenda in Guyana,  as part of the U.S. Public Diplomacy Speakers’  Program. President  Griffith saw the invitation  as an opportunity to expand  FVSU’s global reach and he included Dr. Govind Kannan, FVSU’s interim vice president for academic affairs, on the trip.

International Initiatives

FVSU Global Initiatives Council hosts its second meeting – The Fort Valley State University Global Initiatives Council recently held its recent biannual meeting in Atlanta. At the July 28 meeting, the group brainstormed ideas to create new initiatives that will help push FVSU forward.

Presidential Excellence Lecture: Ebola expert provides education on deadly disease during – Homecoming  An infectious disease expert recently told an audience during Fort Valley State University’s Presidential Excellence Lecture that Ebola had little chance of spreading to Middle Georgia. Dr. Earl Long, a former health scientist for the Centers for Disease Control, spoke about his personal experience working in an Ebola endemic area on Oct. 22 in the Pettigrew Center.

United Nations Day celebrated – Fort Valley State University recently celebrated the founding of the United Nations during its 2014 UN Day Celebration on Oct. 24 during Homecoming Week. FVSU’s Wildcat Battalion led a colorful parade with flags from member nations down the Historic Quad on campus in honor of the celebration. United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. The date has been celebrated since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended the day be commemorated as a holiday.

First Festival and Cultural Exhibition a Success  – During Labor Day weekend, Middle Georgia sampled savory food and enjoyed live cultural performances from around the world at Fort Valley State University’s inaugural International Cultural Festival and Soccer Exhibition.

 “I consider this year’s International Cultural Festival and Soccer Exhibition a great success,” said Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, president of Fort Valley State University. “People who came out to the festival not only enjoyed delicious food from a variety of cultures, but learned of the wonderful academic programs that our campus has to offer. I look forward to this festival becoming a signature destination event for both our university and Middle Georgia. Indeed, planning already has begun on the second festival.”

Walls of Wisdom

Fort Valley State University unveiled Walls of Wisdom in the Academic Classroom Building, HPE Complex and Founders Hall.

Faculty Initiatives

Faculty honored with 2nd Annual Celebration of Scholarship Day – Fort Valley State University recently recognized the research and accomplishments of faculty members at the 2nd Annual Celebration of Scholarship Day on Sept. 25 at the C. W. Pettigrew Center.

Honors and publications

FVSU president to join U.S. Global Leadership Council – The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition recently invited Fort Valley State University President Dr. Ivelaw Griffith to join its Georgia Advisory Council.The USGLC is a broad-based network of 400 businesses, non-governmental organizations, and military, faith-based and civic leaders working to support American global engagement.

Defense Center releases study by FVSU’s president – A top United States policy group recently published a study by Fort Valley State University’s Chief Wildcat. The William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies issued FVSU President Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith’s occasional paper “The United States and the Caribbean: 30 Years after the Grenada Invasion Dynamics of Geopolitics and Geonarcotics” this past December

City of Centerville welcomes FVSU president as new member of local rotary – FVSU president Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith was recently inducted into the Rotary Club of Centerville, Georgia.  Rotary is a worldwide organization of business, professional and community leaders that provides comprehensive humanitarian service, encourages high ethical vocational standards, and helps build peace and goodwill throughout the world.

First Lady Initiatives

FVSU’s first lady holds reception for alums during Homecoming – The university’s first lady, Francille Waverly Griffith, recently hosted a special reception to thank alums for their support during the president’s first year leading Fort Valley State University. The inaugural invitation-only reception was held on Oct. 22 in the C. W. Pettigrew Center and was underwritten with private funds from the Griffiths.


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