20 universities has been to improve institutional effectiveness; review resources, policies, organization and planning; help build community; foster learning; advise on accreditation review; and support clients individually through executive coaching.
Dr. Griego is a national leader in higher education. Her thinking, writing, and enacted practices have served to augment educational approaches and have positively impacted students and institutions. She is an active researcher, consultant, and presenter at higher education conferences, with over 60 professional presentations and a dozen journal articles and book chapters.
Her past university positions reveal a committed educator, with over 40 years of teaching, strategic planning, institutional research, and progressively responsible positions in student affairs, including 18 years as vice president of student affairs. For six years Dr. Griego served regional accreditation as vice president at the Western Association of Schools and Colleges supporting a portfolio of 42 colleges and universities in all stages of the accreditation process. She provided guidance to institutions and to evaluation teams; developed and facilitated training workshops; chaired the annual WASC conference; and managed the research functions of the Commission.
Dr. Griego has served as national president and on the leadership boards of NASPA - Student Affairs in Higher Education, as well as president of the California Association of Institutional Research. She is an accredited Baldrige Quality Improvement Examiner and site visitor. Under her leadership, Samuel Merritt University was awarded the California State Governor’s Baldrige Award for Excellence in 1999. Dr. Griego has served on several community boards of directors and on the Boards of Trustees for the University of Silicon Andhra and Claremont Lincoln University, where she chaired the Program Learning Committee. She has also served as president/moderator of her church, chair of the Earth Care Committee and on the Sonoma Valley Climate Coalition.
She has received leadership awards from every institution she has served, and both the University of the Pacific and Samuel Merritt University named their outstanding graduating student leadership awards in her honor. From NASPA, she was awarded the National Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession; the Zenobia Hikes National Award for Leadership and Mentorship; the Justice Award for Demonstrated Commitment to Social Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion; and the Diamond Award for Leadership Distinction. She was given the President’s Leadership Award from CAIR; the Woman of Distinction Award for Lifetime Achievement from the University of the Pacific; and the Diamond Honoree National Award for Contribution to the Profession from ACPA.
Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of Nebraska in speech and hearing pathology; master’s from the Ohio State University in education; and PhD in higher education administration from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was given the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.
Elizabeth Griego has served since 2013 as principal of Elizabeth Griego and Associates, working with diverse colleges and universities, administrative leadership, and academic and student affairs departments and programs. The focus of her consulting work with over