About the Vice-Chancellor & Principal
Professor Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith is the Tenth Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The University of Guyana. Earlier, he served as Executive in Residence at The University at Albany, State University of New York, and the Ninth President of Fort Valley State University in Georgia where he led the right-sizing of the educational and economic enterprise, focusing on growing enrollment, improving community and corporate linkages, controlling expenditure, launching an Honors program and an Undergraduate Research Program, and initiating a feasibility study to establish a School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation.
A political scientist, Dr. Griffith served earlier as a tenured professor of political science and provost and senior vice president at York College of The City University of New York from 2007 to 2013 where notable achievements included growing the full-time faculty by 30 percent over four years, re-organizing the academic division into Schools of Business and Information Systems, Arts & Sciences, and Health Sciences and Professional Programs, and enhancing the research and scholarly climate by creating the Provost Lecture Series, the Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series, and the Undergraduate Research Program, and recognizing and rewarding research and scholarship. He also established Discovery to celebrate and incentivize faculty excellence in research and service. Earlier, he was provost at Radford University in Virginia, budget dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida International University (FIU), and dean of The Honors College at FIU, all while holding his professorship
Dr. Griffith holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences, with distinction in political science, from The University of Guyana, a Master of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from Long Island University, New York, and both a Master of Philosophy and a doctorate in political science from The City University of New York Graduate School. He also graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education’s program in educational leadership. An expert on Caribbean and hemispheric security, drugs and crime, he originated the concept called Geonarcotics in the early 1990s as a way to study the complex relationship involving drugs, geography, power and politics, outlining it first in Canada’s leading international affairs scholarly magazine: “From Cold War Geopolitics to Post-Cold War Geonarcotics," International Journal Vol. 49 (Winter) 1993-94, 1-36.
Recipient of the 2015 William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education named in honor of former United States Defense Secretary Dr. William J. Perry, he has published seven books, including Strategy and Security in the Caribbean (Praeger, 1991), The Quest for Security in the Caribbean (M. E. Sharpe, 1993), the highly-acclaimed Drugs and Security in the Caribbean: Sovereignty under Siege (Penn State University, 1997, the research for which was funded by the MacArthur Foundation), The Political Economy of Drugs in the Caribbean (Palgrave, 2000), and Caribbean Security in the Age of Terror: Challenge and Change (Ian Randle Publishers, 2004). His more than 50 academic and policy articles have appeared in Security and Defense Studies Review (US), Social and Economic Studies (Caribbean), Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement (US), Naval War College Review (US), Third World Quarterly (UK), Journal of Money Laundering Control (UK), Caribbean Quarterly (Caribbean), Caribbean Studies (Caribbean), Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics (UK), University of Miami Law Review (US), Caribbean Perspectives (Caribbean), Dickinson Journal of International Law (US), Caribbean Affairs (Caribbean), Conflict Quarterly (Canada), Mershon International Studies Review (US), UN Institute for Disarmament Research Newsletter (UN), and The Round Table (UK).
As well, Griffith’s writings have been published in Latin American Research Review (US), International Journal (Canada), Journal of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (Caribbean), INTERSEC: Journal of International Security (UK), Summit of the Americas Bulletin (US), Joint Force Quarterly (US), Caricom Perspective (Caribbean), Caribbean Focus (US), and New West Indian Guide (Holland). His work also has appeared in several encyclopedia, including The Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior and Defense and Security: A Compendium of National Armed Forces and Security Policies. Most recently he wrote The United States and the Caribbean 30 years after the Grenada Invasion: Dynamics of Geopolitics and Geonarcotics for the Perry Center. In the higher education arena, his expertise includes land-grant university operations, international educational collaboration, and recruitment and retention strategies.
Professor Griffith has been a consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat, USAID, Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and several agencies in the United States and the Caribbean, and he has testified before the U.S. Congress on Caribbean security issues. A past president of the Caribbean Studies Association, he has been a visiting scholar at the Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies in Washington, DC., the Royal Military College of Canada, and the George Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany. He also has served on the editorial board of Security and Defense Studies Review and other journals.
In 2012-2013 Griffith was one of 45 experts from across the Americas commissioned by the Secretary General of the Organization of American States to review hemispheric drug policies and practices and offer anti-drug scenarios through 2025. As well, he has been quoted in numerous media, including New York Times, Time, Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, New York Carib News, Barbados Nation, Tages-Anzeiger (Switzerland), Washington Post, Associated Press, US News and World Report, Miami Herald, San Antonio Express News, Stabroek News and Kaieteur News (Guyana), Trinidad Express, Christian Science Monitor, Dallas Morning News, New Jersey Star Ledger, Los Angeles Times, New Jersey Courier, BBC World Service, and Gleaner (Jamaica).
Also passionate about civic engagement, Dr. Griffith has served on the Vestry (Board of Directors) of his church, St. George’s Episcopal Church in New York, and as chair of the Ambassador Program and the Education Committee. He also was a trustee of the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens, New York, and a member of the Rotary Club of Centerville, Georgia. He also led the academic component of Guyana’s Golden Jubilee independence celebrations in New York. He and his wife of almost three decades, Francille, a registered nurse, have two adult children.
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