Office of the Provost; OUR Clemson

John Griffin named Senior Associate Provost


John Griffin, Ph.D., has been named Senior Associate Provost, effective August 1. In his updated role, Griffin will serve as the chief advisor to Provost Bob Jones on core academic activities of the University. 

Previously Griffin served as Senior Associate Provost & Dean of Undergraduate Studies. An interim dean of Undergraduate Studies will be appointed this fall, and the University will conduct a national search for a permanent replacement. 

Griffin’s new responsibilities will also organize and lead general education, teaching and learning excellence across the University, academic enrichment and professional development programs, curricular analysis, alignments and innovations and education policy. Finally, Griffin will support the strength and operations of academic units, and Clemson Online and the Office of Teaching Effectiveness will align under Griffin’s oversight. 

“I am very excited to be transitioning into this role in the Provost’s Office,” said Griffin. “I leave the Division of Undergraduate Studies in a strong position and will continue to work with my colleagues there and across the university on several strategic initiatives as we move out of the pandemic and into a strong future for Clemson and our community.”

Since 2015, Griffin has served as the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Prior to his arrival at Clemson, he was a respected academic and administrative leader at William & Mary where he served for nine years as the Director of the Neuroscience Program followed by four years as Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Over his sixteen years on the faculty at William & Mary, he also maintained an academic career as a respected neurophysiologist, receiving a million dollars in NSF & NIH funding to study the central neural mechanisms of thermoregulatory control. 

Griffin received his B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physiology from The Ohio State University.