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Last modified: Thursday, October 11, 2012

Marsha C. McGriff to direct Hudson & Holland Scholars Program at IU Bloomington

Oct. 11, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Marsha C. McGriff, a student services director at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has been selected as director of the prestigious Herman C. Hudson & James P. Holland Scholars Program on the IU Bloomington campus.

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Marsha C. McGriff

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As an integral part of IU's efforts to foster the benefits of educational diversity, the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program provides financial and educational support to academically talented undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented populations. Its mission is to recruit, retain and graduate students with outstanding records of academic achievement, strong leadership experiences and a commitment to social justice.

Since 2004, McGriff has served as director of student services for the IU Center on Philanthropy. She also is an adjunct faculty member in the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. Before 2004, McGriff was director of the Nina Scholars Program at IUPUI and an academic advisor.

McGriff received her Bachelor of Science in political science and a Master of Education degree in higher education from Tuskegee University in Alabama. She is a graduate of Arlington High School in Indianapolis.

"It is my hope to be a leader with a vision for how students in the Hudson & Holland program can actualize their goals and dreams," McGriff said. "I am excited about the opportunity to expand and stretch scholar programming and to hopefully introduce a sustainability model that will ensure the Hudson & Holland program is here for many more years to come."

Edwin C. Marshall, IU vice president of diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, praised McGriff's experience and leadership. "In addition to her strengths in student service programs and fund development, Marsha will bring a high level of energy and an engaging personality to help move HHSP to the next level of achievement," he said.

The Hudson & Holland Scholars Program is named in honor of Herman C. Hudson and James P. Holland, two remarkable scholars who left an indelible impact on IU.

Hudson founded the IU Department of Afro-American Studies and was a nationally recognized leader on the Bloomington campus. Born in Alabama, Hudson suffered from meningitis as a child and was legally blind for much of his life. He played a significant role in starting programs that showcase the performing arts of African-American culture at IU. Hudson established the Soul Revue, the Choral Ensemble and the African American Dance Company -- all part of IU's African American Arts Institute. Hudson passed away in 2003.

Holland, an endocrinologist, earned his undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees from IU, where he was a faculty member in the Biology Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. For 30 years, he worked tirelessly to address the needs of minority students, before succumbing to cancer in 1998. During his distinguished career at IU, Holland received every major teaching award and was the first recipient of the Chancellor's Medallion, for "individuals who provided transcendent service on the Bloomington campus."

McGriff's appointment is effective Oct. 15. For more information on the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program, contact