WCCS names new dean

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Selma Times-Journal

Donitha Jones Griffin hopes to make a difference in the lives of students at Wallace Community College Selma. Students can take a look at her and see she knows what she’s talking about.

She was once a student at Wallace herself, and a 1988 graduate of Southside High School.

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Griffin has been named Dean of Students at her alma mater. She will assume the position June 11, according to WCCS President Dr. James Mitchell. Griffin succeeds Dr. Gail May, who retired as dean of students in March after four years in the position.

“My goal for the division is to assist students in achieving their academic goals and to enhance their personal, social, and intellectual development through the provision of a broad range of programs and services,” Griffin said. “The division will also seek to increase the number of graduates, transfer students to four-year colleges/institutions, or the world of work through offering additional supportive services.”

Prior to her appointment, Griffin served as the director of admission and records as well as the college counselor.

She began her professional career at WCCS in 1997. Griffin has held several positions: college recruiter, student support services assistant and director/counselor.

Griffin presently coordinates the college course schedule, and serves as director of continuing education and academic advisor for Selma Early College High School.

“As a graduate and employee of the college, Mrs. Griffin possesses a great deal of knowledge and experiences which will strengthen and enhance our student services programs. She is very student-centered and I expect to see many innovative initiatives during her tenure as Dean of Students,” Mitchell said.

Before joining WCCS, Griffin was Lead Social Worker for the State of Alabama Department of Public Health from 1993 until 1997.

Griffin received her master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development from Troy State University in Montgomery. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama, and an Associate in Science from Wallace Community College Selma.

She is married to Calvin Sr. and they have two sons, Calvin Jr., and Cameron.