Alumni Association Elects Griffin

Alumni Association Elects Griffin

Boston College graduates recently elected their first "second-generation" Alumni Association president in John J. Griffin Jr. '65, whose late father, John J. Griffin Sr. '35, held the same post in 1956-57.

John Griffin Jr. will serve as vice-president to current alumni president Charles J. Heffernan Jr. '66 for the upcoming academic year and assume duties as president of the 135,000-member Alumni Association in May of 2003.

"I was just so overwhelmed when I heard the results of the election," said Griffin, a partner in the Boston law firm of Hutchins Wheeler Dittmar. "I just wish my father could have been here to see it. BC meant so much to him, and he really did a lot for the school."

The elder Griffin, who won the 1962 McKenney Award as Boston College's outstanding alumnus and received an honorary degree from the University in 1972, died in 1998.

Griffin Jr., whose three children are BC alumni, will use his year as vice president and president-elect to explore new ways to connect graduates to the University. "I just want to listen and learn and then see what I can do to help," he said. "We have the greatest alumni in the world, but their participation in giving to the University is lower than it should be. I would like to do what I can to help bring that up."

-Reid Oslin


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