Graduate Studies & Research
Holloway Hall

Dean Biography

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

Dr. Clifton P. Griffin joined Salisbury University in 2010 as the inaugural holder of the position of Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Dean Griffin provides administrative oversight of SU’s Master's degrees and two doctoral 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.

During his time at Salisbury University, the following initiatives have been developed: SU Research Day and Innovation Showcase, Re:Search magazine, full implementation of D.N.P. and Ed.D. programs, enhanced and improved research compliance oversight, Faculty Mini Grant program, Research and Presentation Grants for graduate students, development of Graduate Student Council, and overall increase in effective research and graduate studies administration.

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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