Staff Spotlight – Adam Griffith

Originally Posted 3/14/13 on

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

“That Vince Lombardi quote is one of my favorites,” said Adam Griffith.  “I think it rings especially true in education. You can have all of the knowledge about a process and all the strength in the world, but if you’re not willing to take that first step and work toward your degree, it won’t do you any good. You have to have that will.”

As the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions at Chancellor University, Adam oversees the entire graduate program department and speaks with students on an almost constant basis.

“It’s a pleasure to speak with students on a daily basis to find out what their goals and aspirations are, what makes them tick,” he said. “The most rewarding thing is to know that I’m directly responsible for helping them take the next step in their academic lives.”

That next step can be the one that dramatically changes the trajectory of their careers and professional lives.

According to the Pathways to Graduate School & Into Careers Report done last year, the number of jobs requiring a master’s degree will increase by about 22% before 2020. Having that advanced credential now gives students a game-changing edge.

“A graduate degree is something that can help students long-term. They’ll have that for the rest of their lives,” Adam said. “It helps with job security – even if they’re in the process of earning the degree, they can have it on their resume, showing that they’re proactive, taking initiative to better themselves and their education. It says a lot to employers and speaks to the value of the employee.”

Adam knows firsthand the importance of a graduate degree and those that lessons carry over into the workplace. He himself is a graduate of the Chancellor University MBA program.

“Earning my master’s degree was a big accomplishment,” he said. “I learned so much. It was a lot of work, time and effort, but the final payoff was nice and because of it I can better assist new students, too.”

He adds, “Helping people is the name of the game. I grew up with my mom trying to instill that in me. She was teaching me to help others and to give more than I receive. I try to do those things when I’m recruiting. I want to help students and see them grow as individuals and get where they need to be to achieve their goals.”

For more information about the Chancellor University graduate program, contact our admissions staff at 888.316.9377 or