Ivelaw Griffith to Be Honored for His Work in International Security Education

griffith_ivelaw-thumbIvelaw L. Griffith, senior fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the former president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia, has been selected to received the 2015 William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education from the William J. Perry Center for Hemisphere Defense Studies in Washington. Dr. Griffith will be honored in Washington on December 15.

The Center told Dr. Griffith that “throughout your years of service as a scholar, author, and educational leader, your teaching and innovative research have informed a generation of policymakers and practitioners and have advanced a cooperative international security environment among the nations of the Caribbean Basin. These contributions reflect the highest ideals of the Center and the values embodied by the Perry Award.”

Dr. Griffith served as president of Fort Valley State from July 2013 to June 2015. Before coming to Fort Valley State, Dr. Griffith was provost at York College in New York and Radford University in Virginia.

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.


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