Spring Commencement Speaker

Archie Griffin

Archie Griffin
President and CEO
The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Archie Griffin is president and CEO of the Ohio State Alumni Association, senior vice president for alumni relations and the only two-time winner of the prestigious Heisman Trophy.  He thrilled Buckeyes with his exploits on the football field and has spent his professional career serving the university and its alumni.  

As leader of the network of more than 500,000 Ohio State alumni, Mr. Griffin will welcome students at the moment they transition to being graduates and alumni. 

He is the only two-time winner of the Heisman Trophy. A three-time All-American, he is included in the NCAA’s 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes. Mr. Griffin is a member of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame board of directors and is in its Hall of Fame and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was honored as All-Century Player by the Tournament of Roses Association, in celebration of the 100th anniversary Rose Bowl game. Mr. Griffin played in four consecutive Rose Bowl games under legendary coach Woody Hayes. 

Mr. Griffin earned his degree in industrial relations. In 1976, he was a first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals, where he served as co-captain and played with the franchise for seven years.

He returned to his alma mater in 1984 and rose to become associate director of athletics for sports.  Mr. Griffin became president and CEO of the Ohio State Alumni Association in 2004.

Locally, Mr. Griffin has been inducted in the Ohio High School Athletic Association Circle of Champions, which recognizes former Ohio high school student-athletes who have demonstrated outstanding character and accomplishments both on and off the field.  He is in the Columbus Public Schools Hall of Fame. 

He created the Archie Griffin Scholarship Fund, which benefits Ohio State’s Olympic sports programs. He and his wife, Bonita, formed the Archie and Bonita Griffin Foundation Fund that helps develop sports, educational and travel programs for youth in central Ohio. Mr. Griffin also serves on many boards and foundations.