James Griffith B.A., M.Ed.

Legend Committee

James was the founding Chair of the Board of the Canadian Heritage Arts Society and returns after an absence of several years.

His career spanned 35 years in post-secondary education and he retired as Vice President for Development and External Relations at the University of Victoria, and President of the University of Victoria Foundation. His responsibilities in those positions included government and community relations, alumni, communication and information services, development, and advancement services.

Prior to that, as Executive Director of Student and Ancillary Services his portfolio covered: Athletics and Recreation, Housing, Food Service, Conference Services, Health Services; Counseling, Financial Aid, Chaplaincy, International Students, Student Orientation, Student Employment, the Career and Placement Center, and the University Book Store. In 1994 Jim served as UVic’s Director of Operations for the Commonwealth Games.

Jim is an acknowledged educational leader and advocate for support services for post-secondary students. He has presented and participated in numerous workshops at regional, national, and international levels and has received national recognition awards for his work in the development and promotion of student services. Jim was also instrumental in establishing transition programmes for first year university students and has spoken on the topic at conferences in Canada, the US, and Great Britain.

Jim has taught at undergraduate and graduate levels and spear headed programmes in Faculty and Staff Development. He has completed courses from the Manitoba Center for Higher Education in university administration, strategic media relations and labor law as well as degrees from St Dunstan’s University and the University of Ottawa.

An active community member, Jim has served on the Boards of numerous cultural, non-profit, and educational associations such as the Friends of the Royal BC Museum, the United Way, Tthe Broadmead Covenant Society, the Broadmead Area Resident’s Society, the Canadian Bureau for International Education, World University Service of Canada, Canadian University Service Overseas, and the Canadian Heritage Arts Society.

Jim was born on the east coast of Canada and relocated to British Columbia in 1989.

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