UNCF Names Larry Griffith Senior Vice President, UNCF Programs and Student Services

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UNCF(United Negro College Fund), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, announced today the appointment of Larry Griffith, as Senior Vice President, UNCF Programs and Student Services. Griffith previously served as Vice President for UNCF’s Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS), a twenty-year, $1.6 billion partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In his new role Mr. Griffith will have responsibility for the strategic management of UNCF’s more than 400 scholarships, programs, internships and fellowships that provide students with the crucial tools and support they need to get to and through college.

While a four-year college degree in the 21st century economy is more important than ever, too many African American and other students of color are finding that achieving that degree is more difficult than ever. As the nation’s largest private provider of scholarships to African Americans and other students of color, in FY 2014 UNCF anticipates it will process over 110,000 applications and make over 14,000 scholarship awards totaling just under $110M to students who attend over 1,000 institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

“We are pleased to welcome Larry Griffith to his new position,” said UNCF’s Chief Operating Officer Early W. Reese. “His leadership of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program is the perfect preparation for making sure all our scholarship programs give students the support they need to stay in college and receive their degrees. That will move us closer to achieving our educational north star of increasing the number of African American college graduates.”

Prior to joining UNCF, Griffith served as an executive director and assistant vice president at the College Board. In these capacities, Griffith was responsible for providing overall leadership and management as well as directing and implementing national outreach initiatives and leading as the College Board's representative to key national higher education professional organizations and associations.

From 1998-2002, Griffith held the position of Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Delaware where he completed his tenure in 2003 as Assistant Dean in the College of Arts and Science. Before that, he served as the associate director of admission at Brown University, director of college counseling at Gonzaga College High School and as an undergraduate admission officer at The College of William & Mary.

Griffith current serves on the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE) and on the boards of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling, the National Scholarship Providers Association and The Collegiate Directions Incorporated. He is active in his community through his involvement and membership in civic organizations.

Griffith holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership degree from the University of Delaware.

About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 38 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."® Learn more at http://www.UNCF.org
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