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FIU dean named first provost of Radford University

A Virginia university taps FIU dean Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith to become the first provost in its 96-year history.

Miami Herald Staff Report

Radford University President Penelope W. Kyle ended an international search by naming Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, dean of The Honors College at Florida International University, the first provost of the 96-year-old Virginia-based university.

''Radford University is at a critical crossroads in its proud history. Dr. Griffith is an acclaimed scholar who brings significant talents to our already strong community of teachers and scholars,'' Kyle said in a statement announcing the appointment. ``I am confident that his leadership will strengthen our position within Virginia's higher education community.''

Kyle tapped Guyana-born Griffith from a pool of 78 applicants, including several from overseas.

A specialist on Caribbean and Inter-American security, crime and terrorism issues and the illegal drug trade, Griffith has written three books and edited or co-edited another four, most recently Caribbean Security in the Age of Terror in 2004.

''Radford is a place of great possibilities that's experiencing a transformational moment and I am delighted to be able to join a wonderful team of faculty, administrators, and staff to help facilitate the movement from a good academic enterprise to a great one,'' Griffith said.

As an FIU dean, Griffith inaugurated a medical education partnership with the University of South Florida and created a Student Research and Artistic Initiative at FIU. He led enrollment growth in the Honors College from 600 in 2001 to a current 1,100.

He holds a Bachelor of Social Science with Distinction in Political Sciences from the University of Guyana, a Master of Arts from Long Island University, and a Master of Philosophy and a Ph.D in Political Science from the City University of New York. He is also a member of the class of 2003 of Harvard University's Management and Leadership in Education program and the class of 2005 of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Millennium Leadership Initiative program.

At Radford, Griffith will serve in a senior role on Kyle's cabinet and lead the Academic Affairs Division. The University's seven deans and librarian will report to him. He will also oversee almost 400 faculty members and manage a $53 million budget.