About the President
Dr. Walt Griffin has been President of Limestone College since 1992. During Dr. Griffin's presidency, Limestone's enrollment has increased dramatically, it has acquired four new buildings and completed major renovations of several other campus buildings, and has operated with a balanced budget each year.
Immediately prior to coming to Limestone, Dr. Griffin was Director of the Cincinnati Center for the College of Undergraduate Studies of The Union Institute. Most of Dr. Griffin's teaching and administrative experience was gained at Upper Iowa University, a small private liberal arts institution. In addition to serving as a professor of American history for 23 years, Dr. Griffin was chairman of the History Department and of the Division of Social Sciences and Business Administration, Faculty Chairman, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Director of Off-Campus Programs.
Dr. Griffin's academic background is in the field of American history. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Loyola College, Baltimore, and his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the University of Cincinnati. His Ph.D. dissertation is a biography of George W. Goethals, the U.S. Army Engineer who supervised the building of the Panama Canal. He is the author of scholarly articles appearing in the Indiana Magazine of History, Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Colorado Magazine, and North Carolina Libraries.
He has also served on the faculties of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Mt. St. Mary's College in Maryland, and been a Taft Teaching Fellow at the University of Cincinnati.
In the political arena, Dr. Griffin has been a city councilman, a candidate for statewide political office, and the manager of a U.S Congressional campaign.
He also coached men's and women's college tennis for 8 years and in 1985 was voted the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Coach of the Year.
Dr. Griffin and his late wife, Penni Griffin, former Assistant Professor of Social Work at Limestone, have had four children - Megan, Rebecca, Kathleen, and Shawn - and eight grandchildren.