April 23, 2008
St. John’s University’s Board of Trustees has elected Rev.
Patrick Griffin, C.M. as Executive Vice President for Mission and
Branch Campuses effective August 1, 2008.
“I am delighted that our Board of Trustees has appointed Father
Griffin to this important position,” said Rev. Donald J.
Harrington, C.M., President of St. John’s University. “He has
been a part of the St. John’s Community since 1996 and that will
make for a smooth transition into his new role with the
Father Griffin replaces Rev. Michael Carroll,
C.M., who will leave St. John’s in early June to assume his new
responsibilities as Provincial for the Eastern Province. As
Executive V. P. for Mission and Branch Campuses, Fr. Griffin will
take responsibility for promoting and supporting the Catholic and
Vincentian character of St. John’s across all levels of the
University community. He will also oversee the St. John’s
campuses in Staten Island, Manhattan, and Oakdale, New York.
A member of the St. John’s Board of Trustees serving as Chair of
the Personnel Committee, Father Griffin also holds membership on
the Executive and Fiscal Resource Management Committees. Earlier in
his priesthood, he was a member of the St. John’s faculty teaching
in the Theology Department.
A graduate of Niagara University, where he earned a B.S. in
physics, Father Griffin received the M.Div. in Theology and a Th.M.
in Theology from Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, PA and an
M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of
In addition to serving on the faculty at St. John’s, he has
taught at Niagara University, Mary Immaculate Seminary, and the
Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, NY, where he
currently holds the rank of Professor. From 1993-1999 he was
Econome General for the Congregation of the Mission in Rome. He has
been a member of the Provincial Council for the Vincentian
community’s Eastern Province since 2000.
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President for Media Relations at St. John’s University by calling
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