Fort Valley President has vision for growth | News
Fort Valley State's students and faculty honored their ninth president, Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith during his inauguration Friday afternoon.
Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith has been on the job as president since last summer, but Friday afternoon, he was formally inducted by Board of Regents Chancellor Henry Huckabee.
Congressman Sanford Bishop was one of several speakers who congratulated him.
"I am convinced that he has the vision to lead this university into an exciting, dynamic, successful future," Bishop said.
Griffith is a political scientist and a former provost at universities in New York and Virginia.
"You can put the goals into two categories: long term goals and immediate term goals," he said.
According to him, the school has already reached some short term goals since he took office last July.
He says Fort Valley has recruited 37 honors students from charter schools and has gained funding for the honors program.
But his main goal, he says, is for the Fort Valley Wildcats to make their mark in academics.
"We need to reestablish positive elements of what we do and enable people to rebuild confidence in the teaching we do, in the research that we do," Griffith said Friday.
While he admits that goal may take years to reach, he says the end result will be worth it.
A quote he recited during his speech, sums up his philosophy.
"The tragedy in life does not lie in not reaching your goal, the tragedy lies in having no goal to reach," from Benjamin Elijah Mays.
Griffth's other long term goals include student recruitment and building relationships with institutions abroad.
He says he wants also people to be aware of Fort Valley State's work in furthering economic development in the community.