Dr. John Chandler Griffin

John Griffin Distinguished Professor Emeritus, USC Lancaster

Armstrong Class of 1968

B.A. in English

After earning a B.A. in English from Armstrong, John enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of South Carolina on an academic fellowship. After completing his Ph.D. in American Literature, he was hired as an assistant professor at USC-Lancaster. He went on to write 18 books and was named to the Order of the Silver Crescent, the state of South Carolina's highest honor, in 2000. John is an accomplished expert on a wide range of topics, from author Thomas Wolfe to college football. He is the only author to have written three biographies about President Abraham Lincoln. In 1985, he invented and patented college football flags to fly from cars on game days, which have since become a tradition at universities across the country. Today, John is a Professor Emeritus and a member of the Lancaster County Historical Society.