Graduate Studies & Research
Holloway Hall

Dean Biography

Clifton Paul Griffin, Ph.D., Dean of Graduate Studies and Research

Dr. Clifton P. Griffin is the inaugural holder of the position of Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Salisbury University. Dean Griffin provides administrative oversight of SU’s 14 Master’s degrees and five post-secondary certificate programs. He also develops research policy, acts as leading advocate for faculty and student research and scholarly activity, cultivates relationships with external funding sources and explores funding resources for graduate students.

Prior to joining Salisbury University, Dean Griffin served as Director of Research and Graduate Studies for Texas A&M University at Qatar, where he developed and led all aspects of office operations for the university’s research services and graduate administration. Additionally, he managed all aspects of research administration, including proposal development, contract negotiation, post-award and project administration and sponsor reporting over $50M in research projects.

Dean Griffin has over 12 years of experience in graduate education and research administration. Most of his tenure was spent at Texas A&M, which is ranked among the nation’s top 20 research universities. There he served in various roles, including Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and Ombudsperson. In this role, Dean Griffin helped to establish policy and procedures, guaranteeing a superlative graduate education experience to over 8,700 graduate students. He also served as the financial manager for the Office of Graduate Studies, with over $25M in activities annually.

Dean Griffin earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, and his M.S. and B.S. degrees from Delta State University in Mississippi. He is the recipient of the International Excellence Award, Group Leader (2005), the International Excellence Award (2004) and the Tradition of Excellence Award, Division of Academic Affairs, Texas A&M University (2002).

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