Thomas Griffiths Named Provost and Dean of the College at Lycoming College
April 10, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Thomas Griffiths, the Earl H. and Marion A. Beling Professor of
Natural Science at Illinois Wesleyan, has been named Provost and Dean of the College
at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. The appointment was announced Monday by
Lycoming President James E. Douthat.
Griffiths was selected to become Provost at Lycoming from more than 100 candidates
following a four-month national search. He also will serve as a Professor of Biology
when his new appointment begins July 1, 2007.
“Dr. Griffiths brings many talents and experiences with him from Illinois Wesleyan
University,” Douthat said. “The combination of his years in the classroom, his scholarly
research and his administrative experiences has prepared him well for his new role
as Lycoming’s chief academic officer.”
Griffiths began teaching at Illinois Wesleyan in 1981. His administrative roles at
the University have included Acting Dean of the Faculty, Associate Dean of the Faculty
and Director of the Andrew W. Mellon Center for Teaching and Curriculum Development.
As Professor of Biology, Griffiths’ specializations include evolution, anatomy and
histology. He is a member of several professional societies, including the Association
of American Colleges and Universities and the American Society of Mammalogists. He
has conducted numerous research projects and has published extensively in professional
Griffiths has been recognized for his teaching excellence and campus leadership, and
was named Professor of the Year at Illinois Wesleyan in 1990. In 1991, he was selected
as one of America’s “Top 10 College Professors” by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Griffiths holds a bachelor of science in biology from Bates College, a master of science
in zoology from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University
of Massachusetts. He is a member of the academic honor societies Phi Beta Kappa, Phi
Kappa Phi and Sigma Xi.
Griffiths will succeed Dr. John F. Piper, Jr., who will retire June 30 after 38 years
of service as Professor of History and 15 years as Dean of the College.
Contact: Ann Aubry (309) 556-3181