Dr. Jim Griffis, associate professor of philosophy, will begin serving as acting athletic director at the University of South Carolina Upstate on Monday, April 15. Mike Hall, who has served as the director of athletics for 19 years, has resigned his position effective April 12.
“Dr. Griffis has served as the faculty athletics representative since 2006, the year USC Upstate went Division I, during which time he has fostered positive working relationships with the coaches and engaged with the student-athletes,” said Tom Moore, chancellor of USC Upstate. “In his role as faculty athletics representative, Jim serves as the liaison between academics and athletics, monitors student-athlete welfare and academic eligibility, reports to the faculty and the Chancellor, assists with compliance issues, and stays apprised of the status of athletics on campus. Jim is currently a member of the Awards, Benefits, Expenses, and Financial Aid Cabinet of the NCAA.”
Moore said he expects Griffis to continue in the role as acting athletic director until the end of this academic year. In the meantime, Moore will be work diligently to identify an individual outside of the University to serve as an interim athletic director until a permanent athletic director is named.
Griffis joined the USC Upstate in 1986 and he teaches logic, ancient philosophy, and philosophy of law. From 1993 to 2000, he served as chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Griffis served as faculty chair from 2005 to 2007. He earned a B.A. from Wabash College and a Ph.D. from SUNY at Buffalo. He is married to Cindy and they have three children: Renee, John, and Adam.