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May 22, 2013

Blinn appoints Cynthia Griffith to top Allied Health post

Griffith has been dean of public service, health and behavioral sciences at Lone Star College since 2008

Cynthia Griffith The Blinn College Board of Trustees named Dr. Cynthia Griffith as its new vice president for Allied Health Sciences during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Griffith comes to Blinn from Lone Star College – CyFair, where she has been dean of public service, health and behavioral sciences since 2008. Prior to that, she was dean of workforce and community education at Alamo College – Northeast Lakeview and served as director of radiologic technology at Lone Star College – Montgomery and Angelina College.

Griffith was selected from almost 50 applicants.

“Dr. Griffith has the proven leadership and the broad knowledge base to guide our Allied Health Division into a new era,” said Dr. Harold Nolte, Blinn district president. “We look forward to drawing upon her experience as we continue to train students for some of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.”

Griffith earned her Doctor of Education degree from Sam Houston State University with specialization in community college executive leadership. She earned her master’s degree from Stephen F. Austin University and her bachelor’s from Midwestern State University.

A member of the Texas Community College Teachers Association, the Texas Council of College Instructional Leaders and the Texas Association of College Technical Educators, Griffith was awarded the Sam Houston State Educational Leadership Doctoral Award in 2006.

“This position brings all of my community college experience to a real pinnacle,” Griffith said. “I am very appreciative and humbled by this opportunity.”

Blinn’s Division of Allied Health Sciences, based at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, offers associate degree nursing, dental hygiene, emergency medical services, physical therapist assistant, radiologic technology, fire science, therapeutics manufacturing, veterinary technology and vocational nursing programs designed to quickly train students for high-demand professions.

Blinn is uniquely positioned to provide companies the highly-trained local employees they will need in the wake of last June’s announcement that the Texas A&M University System has been awarded a contract to develop major vaccine programs along with other innovations.

Blinn’s role in the new initiative will be to train technicians to work in the laboratories and vaccine manufacturing facilities that will be coming to the Brazos Valley. Prior to the Texas A&M System’s announcement, the Texas Workforce Commission predicted that pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing is expected to grow 23 percent this decade, more than any other Texas manufacturing industry.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity, not only for Blinn College and the Brazos Valley, but for the local economy and our students to move into very progressive areas of the workforce,” Griffith said. “I’m excited to work with Blinn in a partnership this innovative.”