Senior Advisor, Office of Advancement at The Ohio State University
Born at University Hospital nearly in the shadow of Ohio Stadium, Archie Griffin has been a Buckeye his whole life.
After serving for 11 years as president and CEO of The Ohio State University Alumni Association, Archie stepped back in 2015 to a consultant role as senior advisor in the Office of Advancement at Ohio State, a role he fulfilled for two years. During his tenure leading the OSUAA, Archie led an expanded effort to embrace young alumni and began initiatives focusing on career assistance and establishing an Office of Volunteer Relations.
Known to the world as the only two-time winner of the Heisman Trophy, Archie also is one of a select group of Buckeyes to be named a three-time All-American during his playing days from 1972-1975. A member of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame and current board of directors, Archie is a member of the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, and was named the All-Century Player by the Tournament of Roses Association during the centennial celebration of the Rose Bowl in 2014. Archie is one of two players in NCAA history to start in four Rose Bowls.
Following his storied career at Ohio State, Griffin graduated from Ohio State in 1976 with a degree in industrial relations. He was a first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals, where he served as co-captain and played for seven seasons. He returned to Ohio State in 1984, and rose to become associate director of athletics for sports before taking the leadership position at The Ohio State University Alumni Association.
Playing under the legendary Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes, Archie learned the life lesson of paying it forward in life, devoting countless hours to philanthropic causes. At Ohio State, he created the Archie Griffin Scholarship Fund, which benefits Ohio State’s Olympic sports programs. In the central Ohio community, The Archie and Bonita Griffin Foundation Fund helps develop sports, educational and travel programs for youth as they inspire the next generation to dream big. Archie has three children: Anthony, Andre and Adam, as well as three grandchildren. Archie and his wife, Bonita, split their time between a home in Westerville, Ohio, and another home in Florida.
Locally, Archie has been inducted into the Ohio High School Athletic Association Circle of Champions, which recognizes former high school student athletes who have demonstrated outstanding character and accomplishments on and off the field. He was inducted to the National Federation of State High School Association Hall of Fame in 1996. He was also honored in May 2015 to be the commencement speaker during spring graduation ceremonies at Ohio State.
Legendary Ohio State football coach Wayne Woodrow Hayes famously said of Archie, “He’s a better young man than he is a football player, and he’s the best football player I’ve ever seen.”
A sought-after speaker and humanitarian, Archie serves on many boards and foundations. He has been a director of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. since 2000. He serves as a director of Motorists Mutual, and is a member of the board of directors for both The Columbus Youth Foundation and the Ohio Auto Club.