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Ervin Griffin

President Emeritus of Halifax Community College


Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. started his tenure as the fourth president of Halifax Community College (HCC) December 1st, 2007. He was selected by the HCC Board of Trustees and confirmed by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. Griffin not only brought impeccable credentials, but he also has a wealth of knowledge and community college experience. He was involved in many aspects of the campus including updating the campus master plan, enhancing enrollment management, creating new student success and early college programs, and developing greater partnerships with business and industry. He also spent time becoming acquainted with students, faculty, staff, and community supporters.

Griffin is a veteran community college educator with close to five decades of experience and training in higher education management and community college education. Prior to assuming the Presidency at West Virginia State College & Community and Technical College (WVSC-CTC), he served as the Provost & Chief Operating Officer at WVSC-CTC; Vice-President for Student Affairs, WVSC-CTC; Professor & Director of Student Development Services & Vocational Equity Programs, Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia; and, Counselor/Director of Student Financial Assistance and Student Activities, Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, Virginia.

Griffin holds a B.S. degree in teacher education from Bluefield State College, an M.S. Degree in College Student Personnel Services from Western Illinois University, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Higher Education Administration and a Doctorate of Education in Community College Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Postdoctoral studies include College Management at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Millennium Leadership Institute sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, D.C. He is a Leadership West Virginia Class of 1994 Graduate.

Griffin has served as a member of Temple of Faith Ministries in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. He has one son, Ervin V. Griffin, Jr., a Bluefield resident and a 1998 graduate of Concord University in Athens, West Virginia.