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Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. President/CEO

President's Honor Roll 2013

Dr. Evin V. Griffin, Sr. I am pleased to welcome you to Halifax Community College (HCC) where Learning Comes to Life in Pursuit of Excellence. Our mission is to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace. Our goal is to provide higher education and training programs that will enable students to be competitive anywhere in the world.

Our vision for HCC is to be a catalyst for growth and development in the Roanoke Valley Region. We continually seek opportunities for educational, cultural, and economic development progress in the Roanoke Valley by anticipating and responding to the needs of an evolving global community.

You will find that HCC is a student-centered institution that provides students many opportunities for growth and development. We have faculty, staff, and administrators who support students in all of their academic and out-of-class activities. We continually strive to provide students with opportunities to endeavor for a higher quality of life through academic pursuits and community services activities on campus and in the community.

Through our Continuing Education and Workforce Development division, we provide a variety of credit and noncredit courses in many areas of interest. Our Student Services division provides support services in a variety of areas to help your educational journey be successful and meet your specific needs. Through our college foundation, we provide more than 180 different scholarships to students.

I am excited about your interest in HCC. I look forward to meeting many of you when you are on campus or in the community. Again, welcome to HCC Where Learning Comes to Life In Pursuit of Excellence!

On December 1, 2006, Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. started his tenure as the fourth president of Halifax Community College (HCC). Selected by the HCC Board of Trustees and confirmed by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges on October 20, Griffin not only brings impeccable credentials, but he also brings a wealth of knowledge and community college experience.

I am extremely blessed to have the opportunity to serve as the next President of Halifax Community College. I believe all of us involved with HCC - Trustees, faculty, staff, administration, and community partners - want the same thing. We are all dedicated to improving the lives of our students and our community, said Griffin.

Griffin has hit the ground running, as his first day included several interviews with the media, congratulatory phone calls from other presidents within the North Carolina System, flowers from well wishers, and meetings with some staff. He also had the opportunity to converse and mingle with several students. When asked by a reporter what he would like to change, Griffin commented, I have been here for only one day, so I am not prepared to make changes. The College has a great strategic plan in place, and I am very focused on doing what I can to move that plan forward. Of course, some change is likely to occur, but I will spend the next several months becoming acquainted with our students, faculty, staff, and community supporters. I want to reintroduce Halifax Community College to the community and find out what the College can do to make this wonderful community even better.

Griffin is a veteran community college educator with more than 30 years 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.

Dr. Stanley Edwards, chairman of the HCC Board of Trustees said, Dr. Griffin has exhibited his leadership in and concern for education throughout his professional career. His concern for economic development and the quality of life for citizens have been foremost in his work in the community college setting in West Virginia. We are delighted to have him come to this area.

Additional Information About HCCs New President


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

Community Service:

  • Recognized for active participation in community and professional organizations
  • Executive Board - Charleston Connecting People to Jobs Project
  • Board of Trustees - St. Francis Hospital
  • Law Enforcement Training Committee - WV Division of Criminal Justice
  • Board of Directors - Charleston Lions Club
  • Commission on Communications and Marketing - American Association of Community Colleges


  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Psi Chi Honor Society
  • Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
  • Outstanding Alumni Brother of the Year - Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
  • Governors Living the Dream Award - West Virginia Martin Luther King Holiday Commission
  • Seven-time Administrator of the Year - West Virginia State College Student Government Association
  • Community Impact Award - West Virginia Minority Business Development Center
  • West Virginia State University Sports Hall of Fame [in the special category of Non-Athletes] for loyalty and continuous support of student athletic programs
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