Griffeth named director of Academic Honesty and Integrity

Phillip Comer Griffeth is the new director of the University of Georgia’s Office of Academic Honesty and Integrity effective March 8.

Griffeth will provide leadership for the Office of Academic Honesty and Integrity, a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Instruction, which supports and educates faculty, staff and students in maintaining academic integrity, as well as mediation between faculty and students in cases of academic dishonesty.

Griffeth is most widely known in the community as a private attorney in his own law firm for 11 years. Prior to that he served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in Georgia’s Western Judicial Circuit, as well as the Chief Assistant Solicitor-General in Athens-Clarke County. Griffeth most recently was associate director of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education for the State Bar of Georgia.

“The combination of his keen mediation skills and pleasant demeanor make Phillip an ideal fit for this office,” said Rahul Shrivastav, vice president for instruction. “And as a longtime resident of Athens, his familiarity with the university community will provide a strong foundation for building positive relationships with faculty, staff and students.”

Griffeth earned a juris doctor degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, and a bachelor of arts degree in economics at Davidson College (NC). In addition to an extensive legal career, Griffeth also has been involved with several educational opportunities for students, including as instructor of the Daniel Mock Trial Team for the UGA School of Law, as assistant coach of the Clarke Central High School Mock Trial Team, and as an adjunct faculty member in criminal law and procedure at Athens Technical College. He has made several presentations at the state level and has co-authored several articles for Mercer Law Review.

“I am enjoying getting to know the units and organizations that interact with this office,” said Griffeth. “I hope to continue to build upon the good work of former director Debbie Bell in supporting faculty and students by fostering positive relationships through communication. It’s my goal to help the campus reduce the number of annual academic dishonesty cases by developing a more proactive and expansive approach through increased education efforts.”