HCC’s Griffin honored with Legends
Halifax Community College President, Dr.
Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. was recently presented the West
Virginia All Black Schools Sports and Academic Hall of Fame
Legends Award at the Charleston Marriott in Charleston,
The Legends Award is granted to pioneers
of progress and the first or last to achieve in their areas.
The award acknowledges the efforts of African American
educators and their service to students and the nation. It
honors contributions of both past and present. Griffin was
recognized as the first African American administrator and
professor at Southwest Virginia Community College, first
president of West Virginia State Community and Technical
College (now Kanawha Valley Community College), first
graduate brother from the District of West Virginia named
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.’s National Outstanding
Alumni Brother of the Year in 2000, and first African
American president of HCC.
Griffin is a graduate of
Excelsior and Big Creek High School. He earned his B.S.
degree in teacher education from Bluefield State College;
M.S. Degree in College Student Personnel Services from
Western Illinois University; Certificate of Advanced
Graduate Studies in Higher Education Administration from
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; and the
Doctorate of Education in Community College Education from
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He also
completed postdoctoral studies in College Management at
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa., and the
Millennium Leadership Institute sponsored by the American
Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington,
D.C. Griffin is
a graduate of Leadership West Virginia, Class of 1994.
The hall of fame was established in
2006 in order to preserve the history of black education in
West Virginia prior to 1954. It also serves to champion the
legacies of former, unrecognized academic and athletic role
models and network with the 20 other states that had
segregated schools to form a national hall of fame.