Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith was named the ninth president of Fort Valley State University, the historically Black educational institution in Georgia. He will take office on July 22. Dr. Griffith has been serving as provost and senior vice president at York College, a campus of the City University of New York system. He has served in that post since 2007. He also is a tenured professor of political science. Dr. Griffith previously was provost at Radford College in Virginia and served as dean of the Honors College at Florida International University in Miami.
Dr. Griffith is a past president of the Caribbean Studies Association. He is the author of seven books including Drugs and Security in the Caribbean: Sovereignty Under Siege (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1997).
Professor Griffith is a graduate of the University of Guyana. He holds a master’s degree in political science and public administration from Long Island University and a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in political science from the City University of New York.