Dean Griffin's Bio
Who am I?
I was born in North Carolina, but I consider Sumter, South Carolina my home. As a child of the military, I’ve had the pleasure of living in multiple locations and seeing different parts of the world. I graduated from William & Mary in 2006, with a B.A. in Africana Studies. Before returning to the College, I spent some time working in admission at a small school in PA.
Why William & Mary?
William & Mary presented a unique blend of history and innovation. The classical buildings laced with state-of-the-art technology and the ancient philosophies taught by young and excited professors provided the balance that I needed in a college experience. The College’s reputation for challenging coursework and providing unique opportunities was also a huge draw.
Having always been passionate about education, I wanted to be in a profession where I could impact the lives of students directly. The “front line” nature of admission provided me that opportunity. Through conversation, not only do I get to introduce (or reintroduce) students to W&M, I may also be able to inspire a student who may not have previously had academic aspirations to pursue a degree.
What’s the photo?
I’ve been a fan of football all my life (Carolina Panther Nation, STAND UP!) and I’ve played a good amount as well. I was a member of the varsity football team at W&M from 2001 to 2005 (Go TRIBE!!!). The camaraderie of a football team lasts a lifetime; those guys are still my brothers to this day. These days, I have a new team! A few of my colleagues from the Admission Office and some professors around campus have formed a formidable flag football team, Professor Chaos, and we are 2014 Co-Rec “A” division champs!!!
What I do for admission?
If you are from Shenandoah Virginia, Southside Virginia, Southwest Virginia, and the Northern Neck of Virginia, or Florida, Georgia, North Carolina or South Carolina, I am the dean that will be reading your application. Along with that, I serve as the Athletics Liaison, Alumni Liason and a member of the Multicultural Recruitment Team.
I have played games in Zable Stadium and acted on the main stage in PBK, where my picture still hangs on the wall.
My first two plays in college football were sacks…the day after my 18th birthday.