William Griffith, Ph.D.

William Griffith, Ph.D., was honored with the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award from University of Texas-Medical Branch.

William Griffith, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine’s Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics, was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas-Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, where he also delivered the commencement address on May 2, 2014.

Dr. Griffith received his Ph.D. from UTMB’s department of pharmacology and toxicology in 1980. He went on to serve as a research associate at the University of London’s School of Pharmacy and then as a postdoctoral fellow at Baylor College of Medicine before joining the TAMHSC College of Medicine. Dr. Griffith also participates as a member of the training faculty in the Texas Consortium in Behavioral Neuroscience, and as a member of the faculty of Texas A&M University’s Institute for Neuroscience.

“It doesn’t really matter what direction you take your career – academia, industry, education, policy,” Griffin told the graduates in his address. “The moral of the story is to take chances and opportunities when they present themselves. You never know how it will turn out… Have fun, and find your passion—you know, whatever makes you love Monday mornings. It is all a big adventure and often good things happen. It certainly did for me.”

— Jeremiah McNichols