John V. Griffith, Ph.D.

John joined Coleman Lew in 2012 after serving as president of Presbyterian College. During his 30-year career in higher education leadership, he served as dean of admissions and vice president for development at Davidson College, as well as president of Lyon College.

During his tenure at Presbyterian, he oversaw the launch of a $160 million capital campaign, the establishment of a doctoral program in pharmacy, the college’s transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I (FCS), the recruitment of a Confucius Institute, and more. Throughout his career, he has focused on board development, strategic planning, and resource development. He’s also conducted national searches for key positions at the collegiate level.

John earned his undergraduate degree (cum laude with honors) from Dickinson College, a M.Div. (magna cum laude) from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD in psychology from Syracuse University. He has been recognized with several gubernatorial appointments; he was the independent college representative to the SC Commission on Higher Education and served on the NC Humanities Council.

But wait; there’s more!

John is good at a lot of things, but retirement isn’t one of them. He’s supposed to be retired now, but he’s an executive coach and part-time consultant. He walks four miles a day (at 5:30 a.m., no less) and practices yoga twice a day. He loves to paint with watercolor and dance with his grandkids. He’s introduced them to “Proud Mary” and is proud to say they like Tina Turner.