The legendary Buckeye and the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in college football history, who is set to give Ohio State's commencement address in Ohio Stadium on May 10, will assume what he describes as a "part-time" role as senior advisor within the university’s Office of Advancement.
"I've been immensely proud to serve as head of the Ohio State Alumni Association for the past 11 years," Griffin said in a video statement. "It's been the highlight of my professional life to engage with Buckeyes everywhere while sharping the Alumni Association into a dynamic association. For more than a decade, I have been the captain of a great team at the Alumni Association, but the time has come for me to find a new role. I find you can only do a job for so long before it's time to give someone else that opportunity."
Griffin has been with the Alumni Association since 2004 after spending 20 years in administration within the athletics department at the conclusion of his NFL career.
“I am thrilled that Archie will continue his legacy of leadership at Ohio State while having the flexibility to spend more time with his loving family,” said Ohio State President Michael V. Drake said. “He has been a tireless champion of the university, and I am grateful that he will continue to serve in such an important way.”
Griffin was lauded for his contributions with the Alumni Association, where he headed a body that served to connect more than 500,000 graduates to the university.
“From the moment he stepped on the field at Ohio Stadium as a student athlete in 1972, Archie has worked hard and selflessly to advance the university,” said Michael Eicher, senior vice president for advancement. “Earlier this year, he shared that he was ready to transition to a part-time role and that the Alumni Association was well positioned for a new leader. I’m glad to say he will continue to serve as an iconic representative for the university and will participate in numerous engagements that connect him with devoted alumni and friends.”
“Archie’s leadership, advocacy and passion for alumni and the university cannot be overstated. By leading the development of new programs that allow alumni and friends to be more connected than ever, Archie has positioned the Alumni Association to be one of the best in the country,” said Chris Ito, chair of the Alumni Association board of directors.
Still Ohio State's all-time leading rusher with 5,589 yards, Griffin won the Heisman in 1974 and '75, leading the NCAA in yards with 1,695 in 1974 and adding 1,450 a year later. He was also Walter Camp Player of the Year each of those two years.