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Blinn VP Griffith announces retirement after 30 years of service to Texas community colleges

October 31, 2014

After almost 30 years of service with Texas community colleges, Dr. Cynthia Griffith, Blinn College Vice President for Instruction for Technical & Workforce Education, has announced her retirement effective Nov. 3.
During her tenure, Dr. Griffith:

  • advocated for and implemented Curriculum Resource Teams to increase faculty ownership of curricula.
  • streamlined and standardized process for Faculty Credentialing to include a Qualifications Guide.
  • developed an Annual Report Card for workforce programs to assess viability and vitality.
  • appointed an interim Director of Professional Development to provide leadership and on-going development of the college’s Center for Teaching and Learning with campus faculty fellows.
  • supported data-driven decisions, including improved analysis of division enrollment figures.
  • improved Health Sciences processes to create more equitable faculty workloads, greater accuracy in contact hour reporting, improved classroom utilization and expanded use of data for reporting accuracy.
  • led the merging of all campus Workforce Education departments into a single division, including continuing education, grants, corporate partnerships, customized training and AAS welding.
  • oversaw an 80% increase in continuing education state-reported contact hours during the fourth quarter.
  • integrated credit and non-credit programs and personnel to increase cross-disciplinary training and professional development opportunities.
  • oversaw Blinn’s efforts to obtain more than $500,000 in Skills Development Fund grants to provide employee training for Blue Bell Creameries and Axis Pipe & Tube.

Griffith came to Blinn from Lone Star College – CyFair in 2013 after serving five years as dean of academic, workforce and technical education. Prior to that, she was dean of workforce and community education at Alamo College – Northeast Lakeview and served as director and faculty of radiologic technology at Lone Star College – Montgomery and Angelina College.

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 in secondary education 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.

About Blinn College
Founded in 1883, Blinn is a comprehensive community college committed to educational excellence and to individual and community enhancement. With an enrollment of 19,317 students, Blinn ranks among the nation’s leaders in transferring students to leading four-year universities and has received national recognition for its affordable educational excellence.

As part of its commitment to student success, Blinn is implementing a Quality Enhancement Plan titled “Destination Success: First-Year Focus,” which utilizes learning communities to support first-year college students.

For enrollment information and to learn about financial aid opportunities, visit: www.blinn.edu.