Anderson University recently gave John A. Morrison Awards to Dr. G. Lee Griffith and Tim Johnson for their commitment and diligent service to AU.
The John A. Morrison Awards recognize faculty and staff who go beyond excellence in performance and have demonstrated a commitment to something larger than self. Each year, one staff and one faculty member are selected from nominations by their colleagues and announced at the annual Recognition Luncheon. Nominees for the Morrison Award should demonstrate a commitment to the university’s mission and core values. Dr. John A. Morrison was Anderson University’s first president, serving in that role from 1925-1958.
Griffith has been on the faculty of Anderson University since 1977 in the department of psychology. He received his bachelor of arts at Cedarville College in 1972, his master of arts in 1975 and his Ph.D. in 1977 both from the University of Texas at Austin Counseling Psychology. [Photo on left: Marie Morris (vice president of academic affairs and dean), Lee Griffith and President James Edwards.] vUpon Griffith's letter of invitation dated May 13, 1977, then vice president & dean Robert Nicholson, stated "You are so welcome here and you haven’t even arrived yet!....I feel the Lord was in this exchange of conversations in a wondrous way and will be with us as we together seek out and create opportunities for ministry and Christian leadership in the years ahead."
Each year, Griffith spends 20 hours of continuing education on a variety of topics. Twelve hours of this time is spent in group supervision with two other Christian Psychologists. Griffith shares that he uses this time to try to understand cases from a Christian perspective.
One student describes Griffith as "gaining my utmost respect as a fine professor. It is obvious that he does even more ‘homework’ in regard to his courses than expected from students, which is substantial. Largely because of his thoroughness, I believe I have gotten an excellent, current, and relevant education, with strong preparation for grad school. In addition, Griffith's handling of the Christian perspective in his teaching is well done, stimulating, and fills a void. It has lent credibility to the ‘Christian’ part of my Christian education."
Griffith shares on his professional faculty page the following: "In all of my teaching, counseling, and presenting it has been my aspiration to present a Christian approach whether it be Statistical Quality Control done ethically and caringly or if it is a distinctively Christian approach to counseling and diagnosis. I have many interests and enjoy learning from people in a variety of disciplines."
Tim Johnson, this year’s Morrison Award staff recipient, is an AU alum and has served Anderson University for 17 years in various support roles. Johnson began in Student Life as a resident hall director in Dunn Hall and South Campus then moved to the position of on-campus housing coordinator and currently serves as the associate dean of students for resident life and judicial affairs. [Photo on right: Sena Landey (vice president for finance and treasurer), Tim Johnson, Brent Baker (vice president for student life and dean of students) and President James Edwards.]
Johnson is described by those who know him well, as someone who cares deeply. His team of resident directors and assistants know of his careful attention to encouraging and faithfully supporting them. He has demonstrated in many ways his deep commitment to creating healthy relationships among all who live in the residence halls.
Students know of his care through his involvement in Tri-S, his steady service as a timekeeper at football and basketball games, and the many student activities he makes time to attend. As the joys and sorrows of our students and their families unfold in our midst, Johnson is present and prepared to listen and support them in whatever way he can.
As a part of our broader community, Johnson's care for family and faith are evident in his involvement at East Side Church of God. He can be found singing in the choir, acting with the drama team, ushering, and serving as a church elder. Those with whom he worships have learned they can depend on Tim to give freely and sacrificially of his God given talents.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.