Trustees Pay Tribute to Community Leader and First African American AISD Board President, Dr. Marvin Griffin

On Monday, Austin ISD’s Board of Trustees approved a resolution to honor Dr. Marvin C. Griffin, a lifelong learner, community leader and first African American elected to serve as president of the board.

Griffin, who passed away Dec. 25 at the age of 90, was honored for his service to students and families and for working for the successful integration of AISD schools. 

Griffin was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1973, and served as vice president from 1977 to 1978 and president from 1978 to 1980. He was a community leader and elder statesman known for his inner calm, class and depth of wisdom.

In a resolution honoring Griffin, trustees described him as a “unifier of people, churches and political parties and an advisor and mentor to numerous national, state and local elected officials.”

A lifelong learner, Griffin earned his fifth and final college degree, a doctorate, at the age of 67. He also served on the Texas Southern University Board of Regents.

To read the Board’s resolution honoring Griffin, please click here