||José-Marie Griffiths completed her undergraduate degree in Physics with Honors from the University College London in London, England in 1973. She earned a Ph.D. in Information Science in 1977, and a Post Doctorate in Computer Science and Statistics, both from University College London. She is currently Vice President for Academic Affairs and University Professor at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.|
Griffiths has a research and leadership career that spans over 35 years. She was appointed to the National Science Board in 2006. She has held two previous presidential appointments, one to the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee from 2003 to 2005, appointed by President George Bush; and the other to the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science from 1996 to 2002, appointed by President William Clinton. Griffiths has testified before Congress and has served on blue-ribbon panels and committees for numerous U.S. federal agencies, including the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Navy.
Dr. Griffiths’ research spans information science, technology and leadership. She has done groundbreaking work on the value and return on investment in information systems and services; researched the development of protocols and policies for resource sharing across organizations on local, state and regional levels, including both public and private institutions; reported on the influences of the digital revolution on the conduct of research; and studied success criteria and best practices for information technology in higher education.
Before coming to Bryant University, Dr. Griffiths served at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill (2004-2010) as Dean of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS); Deputy Director of the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute; Director of Biomedical Informatics, Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute; and Professor at SILS. Prior to UNC, Griffiths was the Doreen E. Boyce Chair and Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh (2001-2004). She also directed the University's Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology, and was an Associate of the Learning Research and Development Center.
At the University of Michigan (1996-2001), Griffiths was University Chief Information Officer, with strategic and operational responsibility for the University’s information technology activities totaling over $200 million in annual expenditures; Executive Director of the Information Technology Division; Founding Director of the Collaboratory for Advanced Research and Academic Technologies (CARAT); and Professor in the School of Information. She was instrumental in the development of the Ann Arbor IT Zone, a community organization to encourage the recruitment and retention of hi-tech companies and talent to the southeastern Michigan region, and was Founding Chair of its Board.
Previously, at the University of Tennessee (1989-1996), Griffiths was a Professor, Director of the School of Information Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Computing and Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure. She also was the first academic to be named an Oak Ridge National Laboratories Collaborating Scientist in their Distinguished Scientist Program.
Griffiths’ accomplishments have been recognized by several prestigious appointments and awards. She was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Information, Computing, and Communication, in 2003. She received the Award of Merit from the American Society for Information Science and Technology – the society's highest honor – in 1999, and the Society Research Award in 1990. In 1999 she was the first academic to be named one of the Top 25 Women on the Web by San Francisco Women on the Web.
She was appointed to the National Science Board in 2006.
DISCLOSURE: Dr. Griffiths has no significant financial relationships to disclose.
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