Archie Griffin: President/CEO

An iconic figure in Ohio State history, Archie Griffin thrilled Buckeyes with his exploits on the football field and has spent his professional career serving the university and its accomplished alumni.

Archie Griffin

Archie Griffin became president and CEO of the Ohio State Alumni Association on January 1, 2004. As the leader of a worldwide network of more than 500,000 alumni, Griffin’s aim is to make it possible for all graduates and former students to stay connected and continue to strengthen the status of the university. He expects the association to be recognized as the gateway to Ohio State for all alumni. 

The Ohio State Alumni Association was a leading model for alumni work throughout the 20th century. Griffin’s goal is to assure that the association becomes the leading model for 21st century alumni work.

In addition to his role as Alumni Association President and CEO, Griffin serves as a member of university President E. Gordon Gee's senior leadership team as Ohio State's Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations.

Archie Griffin is also known as the only two-time winner of the prestigious Heisman Trophy, symbolic of “The Outstanding College Football Player of the Country.” He was a three-time All American in 1973, 1974, and 1975.  He received many awards and recognitions during his college career. In 2006, Griffin was listed in NCAA’s “100 Most Influential Student-Athletes” and was appointed to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Board of Directors. 

He has received the 2007 Duffy Daugherty Award presented by Michigan State University given to individuals for lifetime achievement and contribution to collegiate football. In 2006, he was presented with the Ernie Davis Humanitarian Award. And, locally, he 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.

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 March 1984. He later accepted the position of Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics in June of 1985. In July of 1987, he was named Assistant Director of Athletics for External Affairs, and in April of 1994, named Associate Director of Athletics for sports. 

He has been a consistent supporter of the university throughout his career.  Both on and off the field, Griffin has demonstrated the true meaning of being an Ohio State alumnus by his involvement as a community leader in Columbus and throughout the state. His accomplishments are well known, and his participation with special-interest groups and charities throughout Ohio and beyond has earned him respect and admiration that is well deserved.

Griffin 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. Archie is the spokesperson for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program and is also a member of many charitable organizations, including the Columbus Foundation, Columbus Youth Foundation, Centennial Honorary Committee for the Central Ohio Breathing Association, Advisory Board for the ADA’s Advocacy Leadership Council of the American Diabetes Association, Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation Board, and serves as honorary chair of the Diversity Enhancement Program for The James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute. He also serves on Columbus’ 2012 Bicentennial Commission for Sports and Recreation Focus Group.

He has three children: Anthony, Andre, and Adam.