Michael Griffin has been appointed to assistant vice president for alumni relations, effective April 16. Griffin replaces Daniel Gatti, S.J., FCRH ’65, GSE ’66, who has served as interim director for alumni relations since July.

Michael Griffin Photo by Chris Taggart
Michael Griffin
Photo by Chris Taggart

“Michael was chosen from a field of extraordinary candidates,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “I am delighted to say that he understands the Jesuit mission inside and out, and comes to Fordham with a strong desire to further that mission. Given his proven ability to connect with alumni and colleagues, and his track record of conspicuous achievement in the field, I have the utmost confidence that he will do much to advance the University’s interests, and to further tighten the bonds between Fordham and its extended family.”

Griffin comes to Fordham after working for more than 15 years at Columbia University, most recently as executive director for alumni relations. In this role, he led a number of university-wide initiatives which served all 16 schools, and 300,000 alumni around the world.

“In Michael I believe we have found the perfect fit for taking our program to the next level,” said Roger A. Milici Jr., vice president for development and University relations. “He is widely respected in the field and within the Columbia University community, and he brings extraordinary leadership abilities and organizational skills to an upgraded position. Previously, the staff leader of the alumni relations program was at the director level. We expect Michael to play a major role in elevating Fordham’s alumni services and activities.”

Griffin earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in business management from the University of Rhode Island, and a graduate certificate in sports marketing from New York University.


Joanna Klimaski Mercuri is a staff writer in the News & Media Relations Bureau. She can be reached at (212) 636-7175 or [email protected]