Anthony Griffin ’68 will join George Mason University’s Department of Public and International Affairs as a practitioner-in-residence, following 23 years of service in various capacities with Fairfax County in Virginia.
Griffin retired in April 2012 after a 12-year tenure as county executive of Fairfax, making him the second-longest serving county executive since the position’s inception.
According to an article on the George Mason University website, Griffin will teach courses related to local government management and serve as a resource to faculty, staff and students in his new capacity. He will be a member of Mason’s three Centers on the Public Service, where he will help the centers develop programming and research projects related to governance topics such as fiscal challenges, private-public partnerships and connections with the nonprofit sector.
The following article announcing his appointment was issued by George Mason:
George Mason University Welcomes Former Fairfax County Executive Tony Griffin to Faculty
Fairfax, Va. – Former Fairfax County executive Tony Griffin will join George Mason University’s Department of Public and International Affairs as practitioner-in-residence.
In this capacity, Griffin will teach courses related to local government management and serve as a resource to faculty, staff and students. He will be a member of Mason’s three Centers on the Public Service, where he will help the centers develop programming and research projects related to governance topics such as fiscal challenges, private-public partnerships and connections with the nonprofit sector.
Griffin will begin his appointment in August.
“I look forward to the opportunity that George Mason University presents to me to provide knowledge transfer to the next generation and to continue to engage in promoting local government management and intergovernmental cooperation,” Griffin said.
In addition to 23 years of service with Fairfax County, Griffin previously served as top manager in Arlington County and Falls Church, Va. He also served as chair of the Chief Administrative Officers Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security’s local, state, tribal and federal Preparedness Task Force by Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Griffin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart College and two master’s degrees from Virginia Tech, one in urban and regional planning and one in urban affairs. He also served as a U.S. Marine Corps officer during the Vietnam War.
“Tony is known nationally for thought leadership centered on intergovernmental issues,” says
Priscilla Regan, chair of the Department of Public and International Affairs at Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “His addition to our program provides tremendous experience and leadership for our students who will become the next generation of public managers.”
“Our goal at the Centers on the Public Service is to create and promote research that makes a difference to practitioners,” says Paul Posner, professor and director of the Master of Public Administration Program and director of the Centers on the Public Service at Mason. “Tony understands the unique needs facing public managers and will allow us to reach beyond the academic community to ensure our research is relevant to public administrators.”
The Centers on the Public Service are dedicated to helping the public sector address emerging challenges through training, research and collaboration. The three centers are: The Center for Federal Management Leadership; The Center for State and Local Government Leadership; and The Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy and Policy.
Housed on Mason’s Arlington Campus, the centers conduct research, provide training and education, develop best practices and engage the region’s government and nonprofit communities.