CLEMSON — A highly accomplished physiologist, neuroscientist and biologist has been named dean of undergraduate studies and associate provost at Clemson University.

John Griffin

John Griffin

John Griffin, Ph.D. will serve as a member of the executive vice president and provost’s executive leadership team and will lead and advocate for undergraduate education.

This position will support the university’s 2020Forward goal of achieving pre-eminence in undergraduate learning by enhancing student quality and performance and providing student engagement and leadership opportunities.

“John will bring great energy, knowledge and experience to this role,” said Robert H. Jones, Clemson’s executive vice president for academic affairs and provost. “I’m confident that he will be an excellent fit for Clemson.”

“I am very excited to be joining Clemson during this time of renewed commitment to infusing the undergraduate experience with opportunities for engaged learning and innovation, and providing students with the resources needed for success,” said Griffin.

Griffin became dean of undergraduate studies at The College of William and Mary in 2012 after directing the college’s program of neuroscience from 2002 to 2011.

Throughout his career, he has engaged students in his research program, leading to a number of student co-authored publications and has garnered more than $990,000 in research funding. While serving at The College of William and Mary, Griffin was awarded the 2011 Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence, the 2011 Phi Beta Kappa Award for Teaching Excellence and was named the Class of 2012 Professor of Neuroscience and Biology.

Before his time at The College of William and Mary, Griffin was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and an assistant professor at Sacred Heart University.

Griffin earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and completed both his master’s degree and Ph.D. in physiology from Ohio State University.

Griffin will begin in his new position on or before Nov. 1.

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