Ivelaw Griffith, the ninth president of Fort Valley State University in Georgia, has announced that he will leave his post at the end of the academic year on June 30. No reason was given for the change and Dr. Griffith was praised for his work by system chancellor Hank Huckaby. However, Fort Valley State has seen significant enrollment declines over the past several years, which have produced financial problems for the university.
Dr. Griffith has served as the university’s president since July 2013. Before coming to Fort Valley State, Dr. Griffith was provost at York College in New York and Radford University in Virginia. Earlier in his career, he was 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.