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Brandon L. Griffin

Programming & Development, Chairperson

If you’re an educational professional who are looking to progress into management and consultancy, or an educational planning or development role, this is the best degree for you.


Brandon L. Griffin is a digital native, Millennial, and success coach for students. Born in Gary, Indiana, his entrepreneurial mind was nurtured at an early age. At the age of 12, during the dot-com boom, Brandon turned a hobby of designing websites into a business. In 2002, he was introduced to the world of youth entrepreneurship. At 16, he became a motivational speaker, received a host of ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’ awards, and founded FyeBye Magazine to encourage students to consider entrepreneurship as a career pathway.

In 2012, Brandon co-founded SMDG, LLC , a Northwest Indiana-based social media marketing firm, the first of its kind to be recognized as a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) in the State of Indiana.

Currently, Brandon is a Client Success Manager on USA TODAY NETWORK’s first team ever dedicated to national brand support for print and digital advertising services. He is co-chair of Next Gen Forward at USA TODAY NETWORK; an employee resource group which creates programming focused on multi-generational diversity, inclusion, and professional development for Millennial and Generation Z employees.


  • Ph.D., Accounting & Finance, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
  • M.S.F., Finance, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, 2006
  • M.B.A., Taxation, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA, 1983


  • The primary market value innovations of newly public firms
  • Auditor Tenure and Quality of Financial Report
  • Unexpected Fees and the Prediction of Material Weaknesses


Business Development90%
Youth Leadership Development90%
Integrated Marketing80%
Human Resources70%