Published 08/16/12

Jose-Marie Griffiths, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs, Leads Academic Innovation

Jose Marie Griffiths arrived at Bryant in June of 2010 inspired by Bryant’s rich history of success in educating generations of students. She was energized by the opportunity to bring her experience and passion to leading Bryant’s continuing innovation in delivering education for the 21st century.

This September, just two years later, the first phase in Bryant’s curriculum innovation will launch with the new Freshman Gateway Program. "The First-Year Gateway is the initial component of a multi-year plan that is transforming Bryant's approach to teaching and learning," said Griffiths. “The aim is to produce graduates equipped with the professional skills to succeed in a global economy as well as the critical-thinking skills needed to succeed as citizens of the world.”

Learn more about the First-Year Gateway program

José-Marie Griffiths joined the leadership at Bryant University as vice president for academic affairs and university professor in 2010. An internationally acclaimed policy expert, researcher, and administrator with more than 35 years of experience in academic, corporate, and government settings, she has served in a number of U.S. Presidential appointments, two requiring U.S. Senate approval.  These include:

  • the National Science Board (2006-2012)
  • the President’s Information Technology Committee (2003-2005)
  • and the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (1997-2002). 

She has also served on numerous blue ribbon panels covering every U.S. administration, including President Obama’s. 

Dr. Griffiths has been a high-level university administrator at four universities, including Vice Chancellor, University of Tennessee; Chief Information Officer, the University of Michigan; Director, Sara Fine Institute, University of Pittsburgh; and Dean, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has simultaneously served as a professor at all of these institutions, in addition to previous teaching and research appointments at other major universities in the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Griffiths has conducted numerous contracts or grants with 16 federal agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, the National Institute of Science and Technology, and NASA, as well as 13 companies, including AT&T Bell labs, IBM, Eastman Kodak, Johnson & Johnson, DuPont, and Colgate-Palmolive; seven international organizations such as NATO, UNESCO, and the British Library Research and Development Division; and over 10 statewide studies on networking, including Massachusetts, Florida, Pennsylvania and New York. These studies led to numerous publications including authoring or co-authoring nine books (plus three under contract), over 100 articles, chapters in books, international conference proceedings, and over 200 technical reports.

Her research has also led to numerous honors and awards such as Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the top two honors in her primary professional association (The American Society for Information Science and Technology), and she was recognized as one of the Top 25 Women on the Web.